New Developer Centers on WindowsAzure.com

On December 10, 2011, a new version of WindowsAzure.com went live.  There are many improvements and a ton of new things to check out.  My teammate Jim O’Neil recently covered a key improvement in getting started with The New, Improved No-Risk Windows Azure Trial.  (Do read it as a step 1 to this post!)  In…

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Joomla Day NYC 2011 Re-Cap

Joomla! Day NYC 2011 was hosted in the Microsoft NYC office over the weekend of October 21st through October 23rd. A Joomla!Day is a local, regional or national gathering of the Joomla! community. It is like a “code camp” for those interested in learning about, or contributing to, Joomla!. The New York event was one…

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Speed Windows Azure Deployment with the Accelerator for Web Roles

One pain point I hear from Windows Azure developers is around deployment times.  To the end user, when you deploy an application in Windows Azure, you’re simply uploading a relatively small “package” (.cspkg) file containing the files of your web application. When you do this, it can sometimes take 10-15 minutes for your site to…

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Scaling PHP on Windows Azure with new SDK and Sample Kits

I’m currently attending the PHP Tek Conference in Chicago, Illinois this week with a couple of my Microsoft colleagues, including Craig Kitterman, Mark Brown, and Brian Prince.  Tek is a conference where great minds from the PHP community come together to share some great content. One of the common themes I’ve been witnessing across many…

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Cory Fowler, a Windows Azure MVP, on Installing PHP on Windows Azure

Just caught wind of a great blog post by Cory Fowler, a Windows Azure expert and one of our Windows Azure MVPs, posted to the Port 25 – Canada blog.  It is “Part 1” of a multi-part blog series on, "Installing PHP on Windows Azure leveraging Full IIS Support". Cory is a new contributor for…

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Drupal 7 Is Out. Runs On Windows Azure, Windows Server, & MS SQL Server!

Earlier this month, Drupal 7 was released.  Drupal 7 is a "friendly and powerful content management platform for building nearly any kind of website: from blogs and micro-sides to collaborative social communities” (from the Drupal site).  Over the past couple of years, through collaboration with the Drupal community, Microsoft has worked to help enable support…

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Enter The WebMatrix

Last summer, Microsoft announced a collection of new tools for creating websites on Windows, wrapped into a package called WebMatrix.  Dmitry Lyalin, Andrew Brust, and I discussed it on the Connected Show back in July 2010. I also spoke on it recently at WordCamp NYC 2010 back in October. After six months and three beta…

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Connected Show #39 – The Battle of The 5s

In this episode, frequent guest & co-host Andrew Brust joins Peter to re-cap the recent Microsoft PDC 2010 conference and Silverlight 5 Firestarter. Andrew and Peter discuss the latest Azure platform developments, including VM role, Admin mode, and SQL Azure sharding.  In the mix, they cover some news for PHP developers looking to the cloud…

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WordPress + Windows at WordCamp NYC 2010

On October 16th & 17th, I had the privilege of attending WordCamp NYC 2010.  WordCamps are community events that bring together WordPress-loving web publishers and developers to learn more about the WordPress platform.  The first day of WordCamp NYC had a structured schedule with pre-selected speakers and ran very similar to the Code Camps in…

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Connected Show #31 – PHP On Windows

In this episode, guests Kanwaljeet Singla, Don Raman, and Wade Hilmo from the Microsoft IIS team join Peter to discuss the evolution of PHP on the Windows Platform. The IIS folks tell us about the improvements made to Windows in order to support PHP, including: Fast CGI, WinCache, PHP 5.3, the Web PI, and the…

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