SQL Azure Federations and Open Source Software

One of the things that will be introduced in the next update to SQL Azure is a database sharding solution called SQL Azure Federations. Brian and I will have some examples of using this feature with specific languages once it releases, but we thought it would be nice to have an introductory article to explain…

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Packaging a Custom PHP Installation for Windows Azure

One feature of the scaffolds that are in the Windows Azure SDK for PHP is that all rely on the Web Platform Installer to install PHP when a project is deployed. This is great until I want my application deployed with my locally customized installation of PHP. Not only might I have custom settings, but…


Pie in the Sky (November 18, 2011)

It’s been a quiet week on the blog for Larry and me, but that is not to say we haven’t been busy! We’ve been delivering training on Windows Azure to colleagues, making sure to convey the importance support for OSS technologies. We have, however, found time to do a bit of reading between sessions… Now Available!…


Pie in the Sky (November 11th)

Swapping with Brian this week for the weekly links post. Some Node.js learning resources, Ruby for Kids, mobile development, the release of a stable Windows build of Node.js, and other goodies. Enjoy! Windows Azure Storage: A Highly Available Cloud Storage Service with Strong Consistency (Whitepaper): This isn’t light reading, but if you are interested in the…

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Sharing Private BLOBs with the Windows Azure SDK for PHP

June 7, 2012 update: The Microsoft Windows Azure team has released a new Windows Azure SDK for PHP. This release is part of an effort to keep PHP client libraries up to date with new Windows Azure features and to make PHP a first-class citizen in Windows Azure. The latest client libraries are on GitHub:…


Windows Azure for Social Applications

One of the projects I’m working on during my day job is pulling together information on how Windows Azure can be used to host social applications (i.e. social games.) It’s an interesting topic, but I think I’ve managed to isolate it down to the basics and wanted to put it out here for feedback. This…

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Pie in the Sky (November 4, 2011)

Larry and I had a very busy week, so this week’s reading list is shorter than usual. BUT, there is some interesting (even strange) stuff here: Generate PHP code with Ruby?! Make PHP and Node talk to each other?! And don’t miss the “free beer”… Tomasz Janczuk Builds Web Apps with node.js: Interview with Tomasz…