Julian Egelstaff writes about Microsoft’s recent Jump In Camp

December 27, 2010


In early November (November 16th-19th, 2010) Microsoft hosted “Jump In Camp” not too far from the main Microsoft campus in Seattle. From all accounts, it was a rousing good time. Jump In Camp seems to be equal parts training and coding with Microsoft talking (and listening) about MSSQL Server and then the participants using what they learned to develop PHP code that works with MSSQL Server or extend existing projects to support MSSQL.

Julian Egelstaff was there and wrote up his thoughts about Jump In Camp recently for Port 25 in a post titled “Things I learned at Jump In Camp”. Here’s the obligatory pull quote.

Open source is all about sharing and helping out, so it was clear from speaking to people like Josh why this particular group of staff inside Microsoft were able to genuinely represent their monolithic corporation to a group of open source developers. There might still be no Linux driver for SQL Server, but Microsoft has good people making steps in the right direction.

I’ve written several blog posts on my personal blog about Microsoft’s efforts to reach out to the Open Source community and the PHP community specifically. I’ve moved from “cautiously optimistic” to “openly happy” at their efforts. Jump In Camp is just one more sign that they are making a genuine effort to make PHP a first class citizen on Windows. I used to say that their efforts were thanks to a few people like Josh Holmes and Karri Dunn. However, the more people I meet in their Interop Group the more I realize that their is a quiet movement in Microsoft to change the corporate attitude. People like Ashay Chaudhary, Ruslan Yakushev, Jas Sandhu, Brian Swan, Mark Brown and a host of others are working not only from the marketing side of Microsoft but also from the technical side to really reach out, connect and contribute.

If you are interested in what went on at Jump In Camp and want a glimpse into what Microsoft is doing, check out Julian’s blog post. It’s a short but very interesting read.

(Seriously, how can a blog post that mentions both Paul Reinheimer and African djembe drums not be interesting?)

About Cal Evans

Many moons ago, at the tender age of 14, Cal touched his first computer. (We're using the term "computer" loosely here, it was a TRS-80 Model 1) Since then his life has never been the same. He graduated from TRS-80s to Commodores and eventually to IBM PC's. For the past 10 years Cal has worked with PHP and MySQL on Linux OSX, and when necessary, Windows. He has built on a variety of projects ranging in size from simple web pages to multi-million dollar web applications. When not banging his head on his monitor, attempting a blood sacrifice to get a particular piece of code working, he enjoys building and managing development teams using his widely imitated but never patented management style of "management by wandering around". Cal is happily married to wife 1.31, the lovely and talented Kathy. Together they have 2 kids who were both bright enough not to pursue a career in IT. Cal blogs at http://blog.calevans.com and is the founder and host of Nomad PHP

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