After a very short-lived beta cycle, the drivers for SQL Server PHP and JDBC have now been released to the public.
As we reported here on SQL Server Pro just in November, the PHP driver allows developers to use PHP scripting language (version 5.5) to connect to both an on-premise SQL Server database and one stored in Azure. Additionally, a similar driver for Java (JDBC) has been released and both are available today.
The Microsoft JDBC Driver 4.0 for SQL Server is JDBC 4.0 compliant and runs on the Java Development Kit (JDK) version 5.0 or 6.0. The 4.1 version works with Microsoft SQL Server 2014, SQL Server 2012, SQL Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2005, and SQL Azure from any Java application, application server, or Java-enabled applet and provides application program interfaces (APIs) for Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 5, 6, and 7.
Version 3.1 of the PHP driver requires Microsoft ODBC Driver 11 (or higher) for SQL Server. It introduces support for SQL Server 2012 with features including: LocalDB, AlwaysOn and Buffered Queries.
The JDBC driver is here: Microsoft JDBC Drivers 4.1 and 4.0 for SQL Server
And, the PHP driver is here: Microsoft Drivers for PHP for SQL Server