SQL Server + PHP – What’s new

This post is authored by Meet Bhagdev, Program Manager, Microsfoft

PHP is one of the most widely used programming languages for web developers today. The Microsoft PHP Connector for SQL Server is used to connect PHP applications to SQL Server, whether SQL Server is hosted in the cloud, on-premises or provided as a platform as a service.

We recently announced SQL Server v.Next CTP1 on Linux and Windows, which brings the power of SQL Server to both Windows and — for the first time ever — Linux. Developers can now create applications with SQL Server on Linux, Windows, Docker or macOS (via Docker) and then deploy to Linux, Windows, or Docker, on-premises or in the cloud.

As part of this announcement, we have made some improvements to our PHP connector:

  • SQL Server v.Next Support: You can now use the PHP connectors to connect to SQL Server v.Next CTP1 of SQL Server running anywhere, including SQL Server on Linux, Windows or Docker.
  • Linux support: We’ve created Linux-native versions of sqlsrv and pdo_sqlsrv modules of the PHP SQL Server Connector. Now you can use the PHP Connector to connect to SQL Server on Ubuntu 15.04, 15.10, 16.04, Red Hat 6 and Red Hat 7.
  • PHP 7.0 and 7.1 support: We have added support for the latest PHP runtimes for Windows and Linux with our releases on GitHub.
  • PECL Install Experience for Linux: We have created native PECL packages for Linux. This enables developers to install, upgrade and uninstall the PHP SQL Server connector using the PECL package repository. This is explained in detail in our Getting Started tutorials.
  • Community input for prioritization: We have also started using surveys on GitHub to guide our prioritization for features and improvements. Check our latest survey and let us know what you think.

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