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Installing Apache, MySQL, and PHP with David Gassner describes how to install and configure Apache HTTP server, MySQL database server, and PHP, known as the AMP stack, on a local development computer. Chapters are devoted to multiple installation approaches: installing the components separately on both Windows and Mac (including coverage of Apache and PHP on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion), installing the pre-packaged Apache and MySQL distributions in WampServer on Windows and MAMP on Mac, and installing the cross-platform XAMPP and Bitnami on both Mac and Windows. Exercise files are included with the course.
This course was updated on 07/06/2012.
The WampServer administrative menu, which you reach from the system icon, gives you the ability to manage your WampServer installation, once it's up and running. You can start and stop the services, either all at once or individually. To stop and start Apache, go to the Apache folder, to Service, and then you can stop or restart the service from here. You can also go to MySQL, to Service, and you can stop and start the service from here as well. You'll see options under both Apache and MySQL to Install Service.
If you install these, it means that you're allowing these services to run, even when the WampServer application isn't running. You might do that if you are using WampServer for production, instead of for local development, but I do recommend that if you're going to do that, that you reconfigure Apache and MySQL for better security than is delivered in the default installation. You can also stop and start All services, that is, Apache and MySQL, at the same time. Go under Quick Admin and make the appropriate choice.
As I showed in the earlier video, you can get to the www directory. That's your document root. And in WampServer 2.1, by default, there are two files there: index.php and testmysql.php. And, as I already showed, you can also go to phpMyAdmin. This is the web application that you can use to manage your MySQL databases. WampServer 2.1 includes two new tools under the Debug menu: they're named Client XDebug and webGrind.
Learning how to use these tools is outside the scope of this course, but they're worth taking a look at. So that's a look at what's available in the WampServer administrative menu. You can easily get to your document root folder, to phpMyAdmin, you can stop and start your services, and you can open various files directly from the menu.
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