I just ran across Microsoft’s new website for PHP and Windows Server 2008 and I there are several reasons why I wanted to bring it to your attention.
- Sweet! Easy to install PHP w/ IIS & SQL Server environments
- The power of Open Source
- The website looks like Super Mario Bros.
I have been installing PHP on a wide variety of environments for the past 5+ years. I am (oddly I suppose) out of my comfort zone with playing with IIS & SQL Server. It’s nice to see that Microsoft has gone out of their way to make this easy.
Which brings me to my second point, did you catch the humility on the site? This is the first sentence on the website:
We know PHP hasn’t always run smoothly on the Windows platform, so we’ve now optimised Windows Server 2008 to support your applications through a new component, FastCGI.
That is quite an admission on part of Microsoft and it’s nice to see them take that tack. This brings me to my third point: PHP has made an incredible grassroots impact on those involved in the internet industry. I would have never guessed 5 years ago that Microsoft would be supporting PHP so much. Cool!
I suspect since Microsoft is heavily invested in Facebook, which runs primarily on the PHP platform that we will continue to see Microsoft become increasingly involved in the development of PHP. Now that Facebook user-base has surpassed 200-million, Microsoft would like to see Facebook using Microsoft servers. To do so, I think they will have continue to find ways to make PHP ultra high performance on Windows.
Finally, what’s up w/ the 8-bit Super Mario Bros. webpage? I like that it panders to my nostalgic geekiness, but I can’t draw the connection. Anyone want to take a guess why the Super Mario Bros. theme?