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PHP Solutions: Dynamic Web Design Made Easy by David Powers

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2 GETTING READY TO WORKWITH PHP

What this chapter covers:

  • Determining what you need
  • Deciding whether to create a local testing setup
  • Using a ready-made package
  • Doing it yourself—setting up Apache and PHP on Windows and Mac OS X
  • Getting PHP to work with IIS on Windows
  • Making sure PHP has the right settings

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.

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