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Michaelangelo van Dam' Blog: Configuring Zend Framework apps for Windows Azure

Note: This article was originally published at PHPDeveloper on 20 December 2011.

Michelangelo van Dam is back with the second part of his series looking at running PHP applications on Azure (the first part is here). In this new post he focuses more on configuring and building an actual application, one based on the Zend Framework.

Building web applications is nothing new anymore, as we've been doing it since the early days of the internet, but we've always done this on a single system. Even when Zend Framework came round, we kept doing the same thing and build apps for a single environment. But as I've discussed already in my previous article, developing for the cloud requires another approach. [...] With Zend Framework developing applications running on these separate compontents becomes really easy. It's like having your cloud toolbox right in your pocket.

He walks you through the settings needed to interact with a MySQL database backend, setting up sessions to write to the database, caching information to a memcache server and storing files on a remote destination (in this case cloud storage).