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Installing a WAMP on Windows

There are several available WAMP servers, each offering slightly different configurations, but probably the best is Zend Server CE (where CE stands for Community Edition), because it’s free and is from the developers of PHP itself. You can download it from http://tinyurl.com/zendce (see the bottom of Figure 2-1).

I recommend you always download the latest stable release (in this instance it’s 5.6.0 SP1 for Windows), which will be listed first in the download section of the web page. The page should display the correct installer for your computer: Linux, Windows, or OS X. You will be asked to log in before you download. You can click a link to get the file without logging in or registering, but you’ll miss out on product update emails and other news.

You can download Zend Server CE for Windows from the Zend website

Figure 2-1. You can download Zend Server CE for Windows from the Zend website

Note

It’s possible that during the lifetime of this edition some of the screens and options shown in the following walkthrough may change. If so, just use your common sense to proceed in a similar manner to the sequence of actions described.

Once downloaded, run the installer to bring up the window in Figure 2-2.

Click Next and accept the license agreement that follows to move on to the “Setup Type” screen (see Figure 2-3). Select the “Custom” option so that the MySQL server can also be installed.

Figure 2-2. The main installation window ...

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