PHP Server Software Needed - Explaination included

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by gazfocus, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. gazfocus macrumors 68000

    gazfocus

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    I am currently restricted to using Windows for doing my web design when using PHP and MySQL.

    The reason for this is that I use a program called Server2Go which is an application which allows me to open PHP files and create MySQL databases on my pc rather than having to upload the files to my web space all the time. (the URL for the software is here).

    I was just wondering if there is anything similar available for OSX? Server2Go are in beta stages of a Mac version but at the moment you have to pay for the beta version.

    I don't mind paying for software but obviously would rather pay for a full working version if I had to.
     
  2. macgruder macrumors 6502

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    OS X is Unix. You've been able to do this since 2000! No need for special software.

    The easiest way is probably to just use Macports.

    Personally, I do MySQL through a package (easy - reliable)
    Apache 2 thru Macports (easy & up to date enough)
    PHP5 thru source (fairly easy, reliable and can get latest version instantly)
     
  3. macsrules macrumors regular

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    That is pretty slick.


    I am not sure you can load this from a CD or DVD or USB drive(i don' think you can) but it does work on the Mac when you install it. They have an open source version and pay version.

    1. http://www.mamp.info/en/index.php I use this program myself.
     
  4. stomer macrumors 6502a

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    My 'ServerToGo' is a Debian virtual machine.

    Personally, I don't like to have database/web servers running on the same machine that I'm coding on. The separation allows me that ability to trash my setup without having any impact on the machine on which I code. Also, VMware provides a nice snapshot facility, so if do bork my installation by accident, I can quickly revert it back to a working state.
     
  5. gazfocus thread starter macrumors 68000

    gazfocus

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    Thanks for this. Although I think you may have misunderstood. The php/databases I create are uploaded to a web host but I like to be able to see if something works (such as a login page) before I upload to the server. This is where Server2Go comes in use.
     

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