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Hey guys, need your help, I need to learn PHP real fast and implement it soon..but I never developed anything on the web using a server..and I'm lost with all the stuff I need to download to create a PHP development environment (so I can run the script on my computer until I get a real server)
can someone please give me a step by step guide? I know I need a web server, php, and Mysql database server, but where and how to get it?
ps. I'm using Win 7.

thanks

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Download XAMPP and Notepad++. Read the documentation and you should pick it up.

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This is a website I used to learn some concepts. They were kinda a long at times but thorough enough to follow as a beginner, not sure what you background is yet. Depending on what you need I have quiet a few bookmarks and notes from my learning adventures. Hope that helps
http://www.olate.co.uk/articles/category/3

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This is a website I used to learn some concepts. They were kinda a long at times but thorough enough to follow as a beginner, not sure what you background is yet. Depending on what you need I have quiet a few bookmarks and notes from my learning adventures. Hope that helps
http://www.olate.co.uk/articles/category/3

background? C, Java, C#, worked with SQL Server, I know some HTML, CSS, JavaScript..
I've got a book about PHP, the problem I'm having is how to run the code from the book without a real server, they wrote that I need to download some stuff that I mantioned in my 1st post, but all the links they provided are bad and outdated..

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XAMPP (great all-in-one).
Aptana 3 for a coding IDE, or use Notepad++
Filezilla Client for FTP
SQLyog Community version - GUI for MySQL database - easier than phpMyAdmin

All of the above are free to use.
I suggest getting a cheap hosting package (e.g. justhost or similar) so you can test online.
If you're familiar with web programming, I won't need to tell you to get every browser installed as well.

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ok I'm starting the XAMPP (whatever that thing is) installation..
the installation wizard gives me some options and I don't know if to check the checkboxes or not..that's what I have->

SERVICE SECTION:
-install Apache as service
-install MySql as service
-install Filezilla as service

should I leave those unchecked? I don't know what it means and if I need it..

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ok guys, I installed the XAMPP, but not sure what to do with it..
I clicked the Apache, MySql, FileZilla to start as Svc..
put my html and php files in C:\xampp\htdocs\ forlder..
my the php file doesn't show the html page like it should..when I run it it opens a File Download window like it did before I installed anything..

what am I doing wrong here?

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There is documentation to go with the installation. Some to do with security. Read it thoroughly. You may even need to change your system32/drivers/etc/hosts and vconf files to set up multiple websites on localhost. Search for this on DW.

To start, you don't need FileZilla or Mail Servers, just Apache and MySQL servers.

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ok guys, I installed the XAMPP, but not sure what to do with it..
I clicked the Apache, MySql, FileZilla to start as Svc..
put my html and php files in C:\xampp\htdocs\ forlder..
my the php file doesn't show the html page like it should..when I run it it opens a File Download window like it did before I installed anything..

what am I doing wrong here?

Probably lots. I'm not trying to be rude but how technical are you? If you are a real newbie, you're in for an exciting adventure.

Read a lot, everything is simple when it works. You could start now and might be done in a month or you could have everything running by default in a 1/2 hour.

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> Yes you need all of them.

Apache and MySQL will do to get you started. Just switch on the other two servers if / when you need them. Pointless having all that overhead and no use.

http://localhost/index.php

should give you the happy xampp page.

If not, ensure than Apache is actually running.

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