! Warning: this post hasn't been updated in over three years and so may contain out of date information.Microsoft recently released a SQL Server driver for PHP. Anyone who have ever attempted to connect PHP to SQL Server using php_mssql.dll will know how amazing it is to finally have a proper – Microsoft supported – driver. However being Microsoft, there are the usual caveats:
- It’s not open source (even though they make a big deal of it on the “open source” Channel 9) . This is unsurprising.
- It’s a Windows only driver. So no planning a “LASP” (Linux, Apache, Sql Server and PHP) box. This is annoying.
- It’s a PHP 5 only driver, yet it is a procedural-only driver with no OO support. This is just stupid.
So another “almost great news” announcement from Microsoft then.