PHP development kit for Azure cloud

At Tech Ed India 2009, Microsoft announced the PHP development kit for Azure cloud. The PHP SDK for Windows Azure, known as PHPAzure, is an open source project, is available for download from Microsoft CodePlex. The SDK “provides consistent programming model for Windows Azure Storage (Blobs, Tables & Queues)”.

Microsoft collaborated on the PHP SDK with RealDolmen.

On Microsoft’s Port 25 blog, Open Source Community Program Manager Peter Galli said Microsoft is also announcing “the launch of a series of projects that offer samples and a toolkit that enable PHP developers to include Silverlight controls, Microsoft Virtual Earth maps and IE Webslices and Accelerators in PHP web applications; as well as automatically generated a simple “Create, Read, Update, Delete (CRUD)” PHP application from a table in SQL Server.”

The current build of the PHP SDK is considered a Community Technology Preview. Milestone 2 is due out in late July, and the final in late August of this year.