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#45796 - 06/01/08 03:57 PM xampp 1.6.6a - setteing up Apache, MySQL, PHP/Perl the easy way
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Title: xampp 1.6.6a - setteing up Apache, MySQL, PHP/Perl the easy way
Price: Free Open Source
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Product Rating: 5/5
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Description:
Many people know from their own experience that it's not easy to install an Apache web server and it gets harder if you want to add MySQL, PHP and Perl. XAMPP is an easy to install Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl. XAMPP is really very easy to install and to use - just download, extract and start.

At the moment there are four XAMPP versions:

  • a version for Linux systems (tested for Ubuntu, SuSE, RedHat, Mandrake and Debian),
  • a version for Windows 98, NT, 2000, 2003, XP and Vista,
  • a beta version for Solaris SPARC (developed and tested under Solaris 8),
  • and a beta version for Mac OS X.


These Mac OS X and Solaris versions of XAMPP are still in the first steps of development. Use at you own risk!


Minimum Requirements:
  • Windows 32 enviroments
    • Win98Se: only apache/mysql support
    • Windows 2000 (w2k): all servers okay
    • Windows Server 2003 R2: all servers okay
    • Windows XP Service Pack 2: all servers okay
    • VISTA Ultimate: all servers okay
  • Linux
    • Not listed on their site. Keep in mind it is a collection of several servers.
  • OS X
    • Mac OS X 10.4 (Intel&PPC) and higher.
  • Solaris
    • Tested with Solaris 8 and tested with Solaris 9
    • On their Forum I read about good results with the free and open source Solaris 10



Lead In:
You kids have it easy today. When I started developing, You had to get a hoster. It was Linux only and no manual for anything if you hadn't learned the man command. You guys have great freely available packages now.

XAMPP is a great way to set up a test bed on your local box. You have Apaches, MySQL 5.X.X(root password is not set you are warned) PHP 4.x.x and PHP 5.2.X, Perl and more. One easy install. I would have killed for this. The fact they now are making an OSX and Solaris version, I think this will be around for a while. If you want to learn a scripting you now have a free easy path cleared for you. XAMPP comes fully loaded with phpMyAdmin, a control panel, a way to switch which version of PHP you want to use. A great world wide community. If using XP with service pack 2 just be sure to disable IIS in your service.

Review:
Having personally compiled configured and set up a lamp stack a few times, just to be able to START my work, this is a welcomed solution to staying up to date. The packages are usualy very much up to date. I used a solution a few years back called trillian. it was ok. But XAMPP has just about anything I want. I recommend [url=http://www.webyog.com/en/screenshots_sqlyog.php]SQLYog over phpMyAdmin but that is a personal preference.

The Good:
  • What was once hard is now easy
  • Great community (support forum)
  • Up to date package distributions
  • Easy to use web based admin panel
  • Once you learn where everything is easy to maintain
  • Much much more


The Bad:
  • Unsecured with initial install


Final Thoughts:
Even if you have a remote host. Maybe like me you have a dedicated development server. It is a good practice to have a local test bed/place to store backups of the online data/scripts. XAMPP allows me to have this with very little system admin headaches. It allows me to focus on what I do, Web Development.


Edited by §intå× (06/01/08 03:57 PM)
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#45797 - 06/01/08 06:38 PM Re: xampp 1.6.6a - setteing up Apache, MySQL, PHP/Perl the easy way [Re: §intå×]
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I tried using xamp before, i ended up going back to Uniform Server... Their web based ui for editing things just seemed better lol...
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#45814 - 06/02/08 02:43 AM Re: xampp 1.6.6a - setteing up Apache, MySQL, PHP/Perl the easy way [Re: Gremelin]
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I will give this a shot too. If nothing else I will just use both a local test bed and a local repository of known good bug free code.
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