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New SQL Server driver released

Posted by on April 26, 2010

With the release of SQL Server Driver for PHP 2.0 CTP (CTP is Microsoft’s code word for Beta) which is available for download now, SQL Server now includes  a PDO API—separate from the SQL Server native API, but sharing a common layer of core features—which will allow PHP to use PDO to connect with SQL Server. The goal is to make it easier for developers to support multiple databases with their applications and to make it easier for popular PHP applications to offer a SQL server option. A shining example of this is a beta version of Drupal 7 running on SQL Server which was announced in tandem with the SQL Server PDO API at DrupalCon 2010. Official word is that we will not see a release candidate for Drupal 7 until the issues queue is empty, but there is an alpha version to play with to tide you over.

Microsoft is planning on releasing CTPs regularly, so be sure to send them feedback on their SQL Server Driver for PHP forum or by commenting on the team’s blog. More information is available by visiting SQL Server’s Connect site.

Elizabeth Tucker Long is the Editor-In-Chief of php[architect] magazine as well as a trainer and occasional guest blogger for php[architect]. She also runs Treeline Design -, a web development company, and Playlist Event Music -, a DJ company, along with her husband, Chris, and son, Liam.
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I’m guessing this doesn’t run on linux?

Why using SQL Server. Pay for what when MySQL, PostgreSQL and SQLite are available on every platform?

MS SQL is implemented in various ERPs and other business applications. PHP developers can offer better integration with such applications and facilitate the adoption of open source software.

Many companies have Microsoft platform all across and never even consider PHP solution because it requires a whole new platform to run one application. PHP developers can expand the reach of their solution by making it Ms SQL friendly.

Don’t get me wrong. I love MySQL but we have to see this as an opportunity.

this is nice. i want to try this SQL.

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