Now that you've decided to use PHP to enrich your web pages, you need to make sure that you have everything you need to get on with the rest of this book. Although you can test everything on your remote server, it's usually more convenient to test PHP pages on your local computer. Everything you need to install is free. In this chapter, I'll explain the various options and give instructions for both Windows and Mac OS X.
What this chapter covers:
Determining what you need
Deciding whether to create a local testing setup
Using a ready-made package
Making sure PHP has the right settings