A quick look at the upcoming packaging tool in the Windows Azure SDK for PHP

June 29, 2011

Note: The Windows Azure SDK for PHP referenced in this post has been released and there is official documentation available at http://azurephp.interoperabilitybridges.com/articles/packaging-applications please be sure to also check there as the content in this post may become outdated. The current Windows Azure Command-line tools for PHP can be sometimes difficult and frustrating to work with.

Windows Azure PHP Documentation

June 22, 2011

I was asked to stop by the SQL Server Jumpin camp yesterday and talk to PHP developers about building and migrating applications to Windows Azure. One of the frustrations I heard was a lack of documentation around PHP on Windows Azure. The complaint was that documentation is hard to find because it is scattered around

Cleaning up after the Windows Azure Command Line Tools for PHP

June 2, 2011

NOTE: The Windows Azure Command Line Tools for PHP project on CodePlex has been deprecated and new tools created in the Windows Azure SDK for PHP, however this issue still persists and seems like it may be from the Windows Azure tools instead of the PHP tools.   With the sizes of hard drives these

Sorting Windows Azure Table Entities by Timestamp with PHP

June 2, 2011

One of the things that really irks me about retrieving data from Windows Azure Tables is it’s apparent lack of sortability. Coming from the world of MySQL and RDBMS I am used to being able to manipulate my data in all directions. When you retrieve a set of entities from a Windows Azure Table they

Connecting to SQL Azure with Excel 2010

April 28, 2011

If you need to quickly view data from a SQL Azure database, Excel 2010 can do the heavy lifting and handle connecting to SQL Azure and viewing all your tables with ease. From there you can filter and mash your data however you would like. 1. Open a new Excel document 2. Select the Data