How to use MongoDB from PHP in Windows Azure Web Sites

Earlier today, MongoLab announced the availability of MongoDB as a service on Windows Azure: MongoLab on Windows Azure. From my point of view this is great as it now makes it easy to use 3 of my favorite technologies in concert: Windows Azure Web Sites, PHP, and MongoDB. So, I’m wasting no time in playing…


Data Paging using the Windows Azure Mobile Services iOS client SDK

As another follow up to an earlier post, I’m walking through the Windows Azure Mobile Services Tutorials to add in the iOS client version of handling data validation. This tutorial (like the earlier one), will appear on windowsazure.com soon, builds up from either the Getting Started With Data or the Using Scripts to Authorize Users…

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Pie in the Sky (October 26, 2012)

We have a long reading list this week. Not sure how that happened considering how much other work we’ve had this week (maybe that’s why I didn’t get much sleep this week). This week’s list has everything from lots of small tips to big announcements. Enjoy… Express.js 3.0.0 released: Looks like 3.0 is out. TJ…


Exporting and Importing VM settings with the Azure Command-Line Tools

We’ve talked previously about the Windows Azure command-line tools, and have used them in a few posts such as Brian’s Migrating Drupal to a Windows Azure VM. While the tools are generally useful for tons of stuff, one of the things that’s been painful to do with the command-line is export the settings for a…

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Data Input Validation using the Windows Azure Mobile Services iOS client SDK

As a follow up to an earlier post, I’m walking through the Windows Azure Mobile Services Tutorials to add in the iOS client version of handling data validation. We’re not doing this in the client application (yet); instead, this tutorial, which will appear on windowsazure.com soon, builds up from either the Getting Started With Data…

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Getting Database Connection Information in Windows Azure Web Sites

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post that suggested you use app settings in Windows Azure Web Sites to store your database connection information. This approach allowed you to access database connection information as environment variables in PHP and Node.js applications. As I thought about it more, I wondered why I couldn’t directly get…


Pie in the Sky (October 19, 2012)

It’s a late ‘Friday’ post again; my apologies. It’s been a bit hectic leading up to the end of October. Here’s the links we saved for you this week:   The Cloud and the Whiteboard (VIDEO):  Cory Fowler  “demystifies Windows Azure using nothing other than a whiteboard.” How to Create a Windows Azure Virtual Machine…

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Windows Azure Mobile Services with iOS and Android

Yesterday, Scott Guthrie blogged about the new iOS client SDK and feature set for Mobile Services. I’d like to bring several great bits of documentation together so that if you’re interested in seeing the different ways you can use non-Microsoft platforms like iOS and Android to connect to Mobile Services, you have them all here. First,…

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Getting Error Info for PHP Sites in Windows Azure Web Sites

This is just a short post about how to get error information for PHP sites running in Windows Azure Web Sites. We all want to know when something goes wrong, and better yet, we want to know why something goes wrong. Hopefully, the information here will help get you started in understanding the *why*.  Note…


Pie in the Sky (October 12, 2012)

Hope for good reading weather this weekend, because our reading list this week has lots to choose from. Enjoy (and, as always, learn)… Open Sourcing May Be Worth the Risk: “Going open source can be a scary proposition, but it can also bear fruit. Not only will you discover bugs in your products and services,…