PHP SQL Server Driver for All You Communists

I’ve been meeting a lot of open-source devs lately and most tend to be genuinely surprised about the ability to now use SQL Server 2005/2008 with PHP applications.  The best PHP devs, especially those who own or run development houses, tend to be a platform neutral bunch even those that work almost exclusively on Linux,…


New Plug-ins for Live Photo Gallery

Thanks James for the heads up on the new plug-ins! LiveUpload to Facebook – Created by Will Duff.  LiveUpload to Facebook is a plug-in for Windows Live Photo Gallery Beta that makes it easy for anyone to upload their photos to Facebook. The plug-in takes advantage of the new people tagging feature in Windows Live…

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Microsoft Helps You Use PHP and Drupal

The Web Platform Installer Beta (Web PI) provides a single, free package for installing and configuring Microsoft’s entire Web Platform, including IIS7, Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition, SQL Server 2008 Express Edition and the .NET Framework. Using the Web Platform Installer’s simple user interface, you can select specific components or install the entire Microsoft…


Office Binary Formats Released to the Public under Open Specification Promise

Finally what the open-source community has been asking from Microsoft has come to fruition, we’ve released the Office Binary Format in it’s entirety and put it under our IRREVOCABLE, GPL-compatible, legally binding Open Specification Promise.  This is an honest gesture by Microsoft to the developer and academic community.  This release will allow anyone curious enough…


Microsoft Goes Yahoo!

Eileen beat me to the punch on this one.  I am excited by this announcement because some of my favorite sites on the Internet are Yahoo properties such as Flickr and Upcoming.  I also hope that that certain technologies die off like Yahoo messenger.  Here are few thoughts that have been swirling in my head…


OpenXML Interoperabililty Using Linux and Java

Channel 9 has posted a great video interview and demo of how OpenXML easily allows interoperability with back-end systems on the LAMP stack.  This demo was created by developers at Sonata Software who specialize in IT development and global off-shoring.  The company is based in Bangalore but has clients throughout the world. Also though the…