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PHP 5 Unleashed by John Coggeshall

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Appendix A. Installing PHP5 and MySQL

When PHP3 started to gain momentum in the late 1990s, one of the most frequently asked questions, both on newsgroups and in emails to authors, was how to install it. Because the core developers of PHP knew how to install PHP on their systems well enough, the documentation was not very good for a long time—something that is common with many open source projects.

Luckily, the situation is different now; installing PHP is—more or less—easy nowadays, and the online manual is excellent. Therefore, this appendix sums up how to get PHP5, MySQL, and the modules used throughout this book installed, and then get started with PHP.

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