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Microsoft increasingly encourages third-party developers to collaborate with its own engineers to improve Windows and open source interoperability. PHP pioneer Graham Weldon wanted to take advantage of this flexibility to make world-class database technologies more accessible to open source Web app developers. In June 2011, he accepted an invitation to join 16 other PHP specialists in Redmond to collaborate with the company's own SQL Server developers. Together they created the tools and support code that enable developers to easily integrate Linux Web app drives with Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft SQL Azure databases. As a result, Weldon and his colleagues have dramatically increased the choice of database technologies open to Web app developers, expediting development and stimulating innovation.
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