XAMPP vs MAMP

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by ritsard, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. ritsard macrumors regular

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    Just wondering what your guys thought of using one vs. the other. I am on 10.6.8 and starting Web Development.
     
  2. chown33 macrumors 604

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    Does being cross-platform matter to you?

    If you don't know, then choose whichever one is easier to find tutorials for.
     
  3. emiljan macrumors 6502

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    I think MAMP is better because its updated regularly and there seems to be more tutorials and guides which use MAMP. XAMPP on the other hand has not been updated in over a year, so the program versions are going to be older, and they could possibly have errors.
     
  4. TsunamiTheClown macrumors 6502a

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    I vote for MAMP, my localhost did not even hiccup when i moved to Lion earlier last month. Not too bad i think. I also serve ODBC connections for mySQL on the 8889 port and have had no problems serving these or the regular web server port to windows boxes or linux machines.
     
  5. -pete- macrumors member

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    I've always found MAMP to be very reliable, easy to set up and manage, so I'll vote for that :)
     
  6. turbobass macrumors 6502

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    Have used MAMP to develop several sites ... what's more is that for a relatively minimal outlay, MAMP PRO let's you create as many htdocs folders (where Apache lives) simultaneously and also lets you set up DynDNS for them.

    Admittedly I don't even use my copy of Pro as I don't really need it ... if you're looking for something easy and reliable I recommend MAMP. Admittedly I don't have much experience with XAMPP so I am not recommending one over the other, but just advocating for MAMP.
     
  7. George24 macrumors newbie

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  8. TonyK macrumors 6502a

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  9. zim macrumors 65816

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    I have and use both but I prefer XAMPP due to it's simplicity. If you prefer having a visual interface then MAMP is best but both will do the same thing. I use XAMPP and VirtualHost X for creating virtual domains.
     
  10. skyton macrumors 6502

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    I have been a MAMP user for quite a while and always found it worked really well.

    Had to recently use XAMPP on a colleagues machine and it was a breeze to setup and get going.
     
  11. z3r0inc macrumors regular

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    Never tried MAMP but just got started with XAMPP. XAMPP is very easy to set up but keep in mind that the security features are disabled by default. Getting the security features set up was a bit of a pain.
     
  12. TonyK macrumors 6502a

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    XAMPP was last updated March 2010. MAMP was updated July 2011.

    Using MAMP Pro I can have multiple servers running at the same time it and configured my config files for me. For me that is a big plus. No more working directly with httpd.conf. BTDT and remember the pain back in my Linux days. :)
     
  13. wikus macrumors 68000

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    A simple question:

    How does one use command line for creating/editing a MySQL database? In Windows, I use XAMPP, type CMD into the start menu, go into DOS, type: /mysql -u root -p/ without the backslashes, enter the password (blank by default) and go to town.

    How do I do this with MAMP? Is it even possible with terminal to basically do the same thing and just type mysql -u root -p?

    I'm in a web development program in school right now and were doing everything by hand coding. I'd like to have this same setup on the mac side of things and full control over the sql files.

    Thanks!
     
  14. Matthew Yohe macrumors 68020

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    Just use PHPMyAdmin. You control it inside a browser. This comes with MAMP by default, have you not seen this?
     
  15. wikus macrumors 68000

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    Nope, havent had the chance. All the web development ive been doing thus far has been in windows (on which i use xampp and it works just fine).

    I tried installing XAMPP on mac though, and couldnt get to logging into mysql. Got frustrated and went back to windows.
     
  16. Matthew Yohe macrumors 68020

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    Use MAMP.
     

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