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phpBB at Jump In! camp in Switzerland and on the Microsoft Web App Gallery

Posted by naderman in Development with the tags , , on May 7th, 2010

Last month, three phpBB developers spent a few days at Jump In! Developers’ Camp in Feusisberg, Switzerland. The event was organised by Microsoft for developers of a variety of open source PHP applications. We met with Microsoft engineers to learn more about SQL Server, the Web Platform Installer, Windows Azure and a few other technologies. In a beautiful setting we had time to work on a number of phpBB projects relating to those technologies and we had many insightful conversations with both Microsoft employees and other participants of the event. If you need video proof, Microsoft has provided it.

(link via Yuriy Zaytsev on Twitter)

Henry Sudhof (kellanved), Chris Smith (ToonArmy / cs278), and me (Nils Adermann / naderman) appear in order beginning around the one minute mark.

One result of this conference was a test release, phpBB 3.0.7-PL1 with MSSQL Server Driver for PHP. This includes a patch largely contributed by Chris Pucci of Microsoft adding a phpBB database abstraction layer for their SQL Server Driver for PHP. Apart from many improvements over existing methods of using Microsoft SQL Server from PHP it also enables phpBB to use SQL Azure, a relational database running on their cloud platform.

Resulting from the first test release we put together while in Switzerland, phpBB is now included in Microsoft’s Web Application Gallery. This makes phpBB available for easy installation through the Web Platform Installer. The Web Platform Installer is meant to simplify the installation of web applications like phpBB on Windows by automatically installing dependencies like a database and PHP.

During the event we also got phpBB running on the Windows Azure Platform, which provides the means to run PHP web applications in the cloud. The IIS web server is used to serve content from Windows Azure, so we also worked on adding IIS versions of some of the Apache web server specific files we provide. In combination with SQL Azure this kind of cloud setup should allow you to scale to a very large number of users. More information on how to set phpBB up on Azure will be provided at a later time. The MOD for storing Avatars in Azure blob storage which Henry wrote during the camp will also be published then. Chris also worked on a WinCache backend for phpBB’s cache abstraction.

The Web Platform Team also blogged about the results of phpBB’s participation in the camp.

14 Responses to “phpBB at Jump In! camp in Switzerland and on the Microsoft Web App Gallery”

Posted by SamG on May 8th, 2010 at 12:19 am:

VERY cool. Congratulations, and well done!

Posted by Nathan on May 8th, 2010 at 3:56 am:

Seems like you guys had fun and learn’t a lot. It sounds like this will bring a great enhancement to the development of phpBB.

Posted by RMcGirr83 on May 8th, 2010 at 12:14 pm:

A brewery?!!

I miss all the good stuff. :(

Posted by Typo on May 8th, 2010 at 7:38 pm:

Awesome job! It sure looked like you had a great time and got a ton of important work done.

Posted by McDermott on May 11th, 2010 at 11:26 am:

Well, another project bows to the mighty Microsoft. Another project I’ll never use again.

It’s good for you guys, but I refuse to sell out to Big Evil.

Posted by Jonathan on May 13th, 2010 at 11:40 am:

Interesting conference and really nice views. Ive noticed that such places are great source of knowledge and fun. Wish to be there ;P

Posted by Lewis Fauver on May 14th, 2010 at 7:50 pm:

Hi. I read a few of your other posts and i wanted to say thank you for the informative posts.

Posted by Praveen Kumar on May 15th, 2010 at 11:46 am:

Yeah! Great one! Congrats… :)

Posted by Max on May 28th, 2010 at 5:04 am:

That a nice good video article keep up the good work guys.

Posted by Anya on May 28th, 2010 at 9:28 am:

Nice, i live in Switzerland but never visit Feusisberg. the implementation of Web Application Gallery is very nice, but i just want to know something… this can be use only on a windows server or so ?

Posted by 莱步淘淘网 on June 7th, 2010 at 7:07 am:

Nice, i live in Switzerland but never visit Feusisberg. the implementation of Web Application Gallery is very nice, but i just want to know something… this can be use only on a windows server or so ?

Posted by Keith on June 12th, 2010 at 7:35 am:

Thanks!

Posted by Gamer on June 18th, 2010 at 9:03 am:

Nice video!

Posted by Iinflatable Bouncer on June 21st, 2010 at 3:20 pm:

You guys are doing really a great job. Thank you so much.

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