While I was looking at the Web Application Gallery that I have available via my DiscountASP control panel, I noticed an old familiar app on the list.  I did a double take, as I couldn’t believe it.  Yes, one of the apps I used to play with back before I became a dev full-time – phpBB – is now available in the Web Application Gallery and also in the Web Platform Installer.

When I first heard about the PHP initiative that Microsoft was taking on, I was a little skeptical.  I have a PHP/MySQL background, and I know the stability on a Linux platform under Apache.  But PHP on Windows?  That sounds a bit strange.  Then again, I’ve also looked into Mono a bit – and .NET on Linux seems just as strange!

I have to admit that I’m quite excited to see PHP working on Windows.  I am looking forward to using some of the other PHP-based apps that I love – including WordPress and Joomla.  (At the time of this post, WordPress and Joomla appear in the Web Platform Installer, but they are not listed in my webhost’s version of the Web Application Gallery.) I miss those apps, their ease of use and maintenance, and their stability.  I can only hope that the features I like get ported over.

We’ll see over the next couple of years what the future of PHP + Windows has in store for us!  I’m excited to see where this will go!