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  • Mark (podz)


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    I fancy playing around with PHP, but would rather be able to do this locally and not have to wait for ftp uploading.
    Any recommendations for a basic server setup ?
    mySQL at a later date might be fun, but for now just something I can run php scripts on while I learn and make lots of mistakes 🙂
    I have my php downloads, but looking at server software is a tad confusing.
    Oh, and free is good, very good indeed !
    Edit: XP Home here

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    Mark (podz)


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    Craig, that is *fantastic* !
    I’d spent ages trying to get apache talking to PHP … and that install of phpdev was working inside of a couple of minutes.
    Brilliant 🙂

    Glad to hear it worked for you!

    It’s kinda ugly in places, but it works and it’s what I’m using currently:
    It seems kinda slow, but that could be the system I’m running it on (Centrino laptop0.

    Centrino laptops are _the fastest_ and best in the scene 😉

    I’ve dumped XAMPP on my XP Home laptop for testing/hacking/etc. It’s a preconfigured Apache/PHP/MySQL install, you just unpack it and execute the mysql and httpd batch files.
    It’s probably not very robust, but it’s an amazingly fast way to get a working development environment on an XP system.

    I just grabbed apache, php, and MySQL versions reasonably close to my providers versions, downloaded and installed them, and went through a set of configuration changes to sync them (which I likely got from a website or article somewhere). Wasn’t really that hard. The tricks are what things are built-in for a particular build/release of each… sometimes you’ll be missing a key feature.
    Pretty easy to get up and running, and I definitely would recommend anyone running a heavily hit (or modified) site run a local install first to work on it and debug before uploading to the web.

    Hello there, correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t see anyone mentioning EasyPHP. It’s another of these ready-to-use package, download from , run the exe-file and of you go! It’s a adminpage provided where you easily change/add any settings, access the MySQL-server and so on. Works great for me.
    Included in package is Apache, MySQL, PHP works.

    I’ve been using this guide to installing MySQL, Apache, PERL and PHP on my WinXP Pro box for a while. A word of note though if you frequently format your computer. You might wanna install everything to a different drive say… D:/ and backup http.conf once you’re done with the install. That way, if you do format frequently as I do, all you need to do is install the necessary programs then overwrite the default http.conf with the backup and you’re up and running as before!

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