Web-based Development in a Windows Environment

Web-based development using PHP and MySQL requires you to setup an Apache server, PHP and MySQL. All of which are downloadable for free. However, setting all of these one by one should be a tedious task. Before, I’ve already tried installing the three. However, I failed to make the MySQL work. Thus, this has lead me for the search of the ultimate all-in-one package over the net. I was searching for the specifications that is commonly used by hosting services. Then, I came across EasyPHP. The EasyPHP package consists of Apache 1.3.33, PHP 4.3.10, MySQL 4.1.9, and PHP MyAdmin 2.6.1. The EasyPHP package is made by a group of French web developers and this could be used under the Windows environment. Setting it up is no sweat since there is a guide available on the Internet that is written in English.

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  • Hi Karla!

    I blogged about stuff related to this before here and here. Oh, and from further experiments, I’m liking XAMPP the most 🙂

  • try uniserver 3.2a, its literally zip and go: unzip it (either to your pc, lappy, even cdrom and usb!) and itll run.. no installation required so you can take your server and run it in any pc you want.. latest version of mysql, php 5.1 i think, apache included and i recommend it for newbies, novice, and people who likes freebies..

  • yeah XAMPP is one of the easiest ones to install.

    the thing to keep in mind with these packs though is that there is generally a lot more stuff in them than you actually need. the XAMPP package is around 30mb the last time i checked, which is a bit heavy because the key components (i.e., Apache, PHP and MySQL) should only weigh in at about 20mb.

    the other thing to keep in mind is that these packs almost always use Apache 2.x, which is not the version you want to be developing with, trust me. (I can’t remember how many times I’ve developed cool http tricks only to realize that I was using functionality that was 2.x-only.) 1.3 is generally favored because it uses less memory and is more stable, so it might be wise to stick with that when you’re developing.

  • i forgot to mention that you could also save yourself an additional download by using Windows’ built-in web server, IIS, instead of Apache. it’s not as stable of course, but as long as you aren’t going live with it and you don’t need access to specific Apache functionality, you should be ok.

  • I’ve tried XAMPP before but I saw that it uses PHP5 and MySQL5. I’d go for PHP4 and MySQL 4 instead 😀

  • xampplite is my current favorite, it’s a simple extract and forget solution that needs minimal or no configuration at all.

  • You can actually set XAMPP to use PHP 4, but not MySQL. There is this PHP switcher in XAMPP.

  • never tried XAMPP but EasyPHP is nice

  • we already usinh this phptriad for 2 years straight and it helps a lot for me and the company IT development needs thanks to opensource community baw!!!