For anyone that has struggled with using PHP and MSSQL over the years, this one may come as some pleasant news (if you’re still in that situation). Microsoft has put out a preview of “SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP” back in October 2007 (yeah, I just found out this morning!). Ehh… not as impressed as I thought I would be, in that it’s still only for PHP apps deployed on Windows. This isn’t replacing freetds any time soon. I guess I’m still wondering what the market for “PHP apps deployed on Windows talking to SQL Server” really is – most of the shared hosting accounts I’ve seen, even on Windows, offer MySQL or Access as the database.
Scratch that – I’ve started to see SQL server as an option more recently (bit of a brain pause there a moment ago!). This is perhaps a bit of a chicken/egg situation – if there’s a more stable driver, this may help hosting companies push SQL Server as their default DB option (perhaps eventually charging for a MySQL installation as an option?).
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