How to Use the XAMPP Self-Installer from Apache Friends
|In order to test PHP applications, you will need a web server, database and the PHP language installed on your computer. For many years, I have used the Sokkit Webserver Toolkit to install my PHP testing environment and I have been happy with it except for one thing. Sokkit does not install the MySQLR database as a service. What did I say? When something like MySQL is installed on your computer as a service, this "service" will automatically start running when you turn on your computer and WindowsR loads. With Sokkit, I needed to manually start MySQL before I could test my programs. So one day, I went on the search for an auto-installer application that would install both ApacheR and MySQL as a service. I found a great package, called XAMPPR, from the good people at Apache FriendsR and it is free under the GNU General Public License. Apache Friends was started in spring of 2002 by Kai 'Oswald' Seidler and Kay Vogelgesang and XAMPP is their main project.|
XAMPP will auto-install Apache, MySQL, PHP, and Perl. It comes in four versions (LinuxR, Windows, SolarisTM SPARC beta and Mas OS XR beta). It also comes packed with phpMyAdmin and an FTP server. This self-installer application is easy to use and doesn’t require any manual configuration after installation. Once the installation is complete, there are a few sample programs that you can run to verify that the installation was successful.
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