PHP on Azure Contest

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Microsoft is at it again. Every time I turn around the are finding new ways to engage the PHP community. Now they’ve gone and started another programming contest -this one involving their Cloud platform Azure. The cool thing about this contest (other than get to say Cloud a lot and make @caseysoftware take a drink every time I do) is that you can win a full ride to MIX 2011.

Maarten Balliauw, one of the judges for this contest, posted the initial Welcome message on his blog recently as well as announced it at PHPBenelux. Here’s a little taste.

The PHP on Azure Contest is a coding competition run by the PHP Benelux User Group supported by Microsoft. Windows Azure is Microsoft’s Cloud platform with tools and support for PHP.

Participate to win a ticket, airfare and hotel to visit MIX2012 in Las Vegas, a Windows Phone 7 or other great prizes!

That’s right, first prize is a full ride to one of the coolest conferences I’ve ever been to, MIX. Second prize is a Samsung Omnia 7, Windows 7 phone and third prize is a Microsoft Kinect sensor for Xbox 360.

The contest website has a Getting Started page that should give you everything you need to get going but a great idea, you have to provide that.

So fire up those IDEs and get to coding. Who knows, this year it could be you “tweet taunting” me that you are at MIX and I’m not…again. Get your PHP up in the CLOUD! (Drink!)

Oh yeah, the other two judges are @dragonbe and @skoop, I mean…just…wow.

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 PCs.   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 1.33, 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 and is the founder and host of Nomad PHP