I want to divorce ASP!

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development (archive)' started by Craigy, Oct 23, 2003.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2003
    New Zealand
    Hi everyone, I have been a mac user for years... But have developed web based applications using ASP on a Winodze paltform.. PC servers drive me crazy, as does the speed and restrictions of ASP.

    I would love to start developing on OSX with UNIX and MYSQL - one slight problem, I know nothing about either! Unix looks like alien and every MYSQL resource I look at seems to assume a knowlege of UNIX.

    Can anyone point me in the direction of a great book or online guide to get me started off on the right path!
  2. macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2003
    I have no experience running a OS X web dev server. Usually Linux will be used since the hardware is cheap and the software is free. However, the software you will be installing will be similar. I am assuming that you want to RUN your web apps on a non-Mac platform once development is completed.

    Apache is the web server of choice for UNIX platforms. I would start with version 1.3.28, which can be downloaded from http://httpd.apache.org/ -- Look for the OS X binary installer.

    You will want a scripting language to power your web apps, and since it appears you are at odds with ASP, you might like to try PHP. You can download version 4.3.3 from http://www.entropy.ch/software/macosx/php/ -- Note: This only runs on Jaguar. You will also have to configure Apache to work with PHP by editing some lines in a file. The installer *MIGHT* do this for you.

    Finally, MySQL is available for powering your database. You can download an installer from http://www.mysql.com/downloads/mysql-4.0.html

    You will not have to know much about UNIX to get these pieces working. Also, any books (that I know of) will concentrate on Windows and Linux installations rather than Mac. I would definitely pick up a PHP book to learn the basics of the language. Try installing all of these pieces and running some PHP files in your web directory. It might "just work!" Hahaha...
  3. Moderator emeritus


    Oct 5, 2001
    San Diego, CA
    PHP/MySQl is a great route for OS X development. You can install and run MySQL both on OS X client and server thanks to the fact that Apache and PHP are pre-installed on both.

    I started out with a Visual Quickstart Guide, but since you're already familiar with ASP, you might try this Sam's book.

    www.php.net and www.mysql.com are also great resources

    After modifying httpd.conf, it does "just work". ;)

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