> -----Original Message----- > Subject: [PHP] I am a Windows programmer and getting started > on PHP. What is the easiest way of getting started? Most of > the stuff I encounter seems to be very Linux specific. > > I am a Windows programmer and getting started on PHP. What is > the easiest way of > getting started? Most of the stuff I encounter seems to be > very Linux specific.
Personally, I would avoid XAMP and those hacks to run apache and PHP on your XP (or vista or win7 or whatever). I'd say the vast majority of PHP developers are LAMP developers so get used to Linux at least enough to move around the file-system and know where to put files (/var/www/ or ~/public_html etc). With that in mind, I would look for either a pre-built VM. VirtualBox is free and VERY easy/robust. Also VMWare is outstanding and they have a free "player" and eight bajillion pre-made VM appliance setups: http://www.virtualbox.org/ http://www.munkyonline.com/articles/lamp-ubuntu-server-on-virtualbox.html http://www.vmware.com/products/player/ http://www.vmware.com/appliances/directory/cat/0?k=lamp I also strongly suggest you setup your VM to use samba shares so it's easy to edit/save/view your files without some tedious FTP or SCP step. -Daevid. P.S. I'd also limit your email subject lines to a simple sentence or less. Not a paragraph! -- PHP General Mailing List (http://www.php.net/) To unsubscribe, visit: http://www.php.net/unsub.php