In order to appeal to a larger user base, Microsoft has extended its support to non-.NET Framework languages. With this support, developers can connect to SQL Azure with languages such Java, PHP, and Ruby. In this section, these access methods are described with some examples.
Even before the advent of SQL Azure, Microsoft provided various JDBC drivers to connect to SQL Server Databases, so that applications can be developed. Additionally, JDBC-ODBC bridges could also be used to connect to Microsoft SQL Servers.
In order to connect to SQL Azure, you need to install the following components: