Working with the New SQL Server 2008 Data Types

One question we have heard a lot since releasing the SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP is “Does the driver work with SQL Server 2008?” The short answer is “Yes!” However, because the driver relies on the SQL Server 2005 ODBC driver to handle low-level communications with the server, we have heard some follow up…

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October 2008 Cumulative Update Now Available!

  It is my pleasure to announce that Microsoft has released an update to version 1.0 of the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP.  The update to the driver is the October 2008 Cumulative Update and it contains fixes to two high priority bugs reported via the MSDN Forum: Failure when executing UPDATE /…

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How and Why to Use Parameterized Queries

I recently attended ZendCon 08 in Santa Clara, CA with David Sceppa, Program Manager for the SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP. We hosted a “Birds of a Feather” (BOF) session and were happy to get feedback and field lots of good questions from developers who are using our driver. During the session, our discussion…

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Greetings from ZendCon08!

Brian Swan and I are here at ZendCon08 to talk with PHP developers about the SQL Server Driver for PHP.  Come visit us in the Microsoft booth and say, “Hi!”   We’ve also signed up for an un-con session Wednesday at 11:00 to get more feedback from the community.  For more information, see the un-con…

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New SQL Server Driver for PHP Whitepaper Available

A new technical article covering the SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP is now available on MSDN: Accessing SQL Server Databases with PHP. This article highlights many of the features of the driver by examining portions of the Example Application that is available in the documentation. Here’s the table of contents to pique your interest: …

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Unicode Support and Endianness

We’ve seen more activity on our MSDN Forum over the past couple weeks (yay!) and there have been a few threads about how/if the SQL Server Driver for PHP supports Unicode.  Rest assured, the SQL Server Driver for PHP does support Unicode.  The driver expects Unicode strings to be in little endian format, since that’s…

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A new look to the blog

A number of people contacted me to say that the previous color scheme made the blog difficult to read.  This should be a little easier on the eyes. David Sceppa Program Manager, Microsoft SQL Server Driver for PHP

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Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP v1.0 has released

It is my pleasure to announce that version 1.0 of the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP has released!  This release marks another step in Microsoft’s continued commitment to interoperability.  To keep up with our announcements and customer feedback, please check out our team blog. The SQL Server Driver for PHP team would like…

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What’s new in the May 2008 CTP?

A new Community Technology Preview (CTP) version of the SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP is now available for download. The May CTP version (1.0.821.1) is a significant improvement over the previous CTP version (1.0.515.1 of February 2008) and it includes several new and/or refined features.   The list of major changes includes: ·         A…

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The May ’08 CTP is now available!

I’m pleased to announce that the May ’08 CTP for the SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP is now available for download here.  Keep in mind that this is a technology preview and is not intended for production purposes.  The documentation for the driver is available on our MSDN site.  We look forward to your…

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