XAMPP is a package created by Apache Friends (
), which includes
Apache, PHP, MySQL, and many other goodies. If you don’t have these already installed on your machine,
the easiest way to have them running is to install XAMPP.
Here are the steps you should follow:
, and go to the XAMPP page specific
for your operating system.
Download the XAMPP installer package, which should be an executable file named like
Execute the installer executable. When asked, choose to install Apache and MySQL as services,
as shown in Figure 1-3. Then click Install.
You’ll be asked to confirm the installation of each of these as services. Don’t install the FileZilla
FTP Server service unless you need it for particular purposes (you don’t need it for this book),
but do install Apache and MySQL as services.
In the end, confirm the execution of the XAMPP Control Panel, which can be used for adminis-
tering the installed services. Figure 1-4 shows the XAMPP Control Panel.
Note that you can’t have more web servers working on port 80 (the default port used
for HTTP communication). If you already have a web server on your machine, such as
IIS, you should either make it use another port, uninstall it, or deactivate it. Otherwise,
Apache won’t work. The exercises in this book assume that your Apache server works
on port 80; they may not work otherwise.
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