New Tools for running PHP on Azure

Microsoft have released a new set of developer tools and SDKs for PHP developers looking to build applications that run on Windows Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing platform.

The Microsoft Interoperability team have been hard at work getting open souce applications such as PHP running on Azure alongside the more traditional .NET applications. The announcements made include a range of new tools and upgrades to existing ones available previously.

First of all the September CTP of a new tool called the Windows Azure Companion was announced. The Azure Companion provides a seamless experience when deploying the PHP runtime and extensions to Azure and configuring web applications running in the cloud. Additionally, this product may be extended to include support for open source languages in addition to PHP. There has been an update to the Windows Azure Tools for Eclipse for PHP, which is a plugin for the Eclipse IDE that allows developers to easily create, test and deploy PHP applications to Azure. There are updates to the Azure Command-line Tools for PHP, which provides a simple way to package PHP apps for Azure; and an upgrade to version 2.0 for the Windows Azure SDK for PHP which allows PHP apps to build on Azure services such as Blob and Table storage, and Queues.

“Microsoft’s investment and participation in these projects is part of our ongoing commitment to openness, which spans the way we build products, collaborate with customers, and work with others in the industry,” wrote Vijay Rajagopalan of the Microsoft Interoperability team.

You can get the tools on the Interoperability Bridges site – Azure Companion, Azure Tools for Eclipse for PHP, Azure Command-line Tools for PHP and Azure SDK for PHP. You can also read more on Vijay’s blog.

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