I'm rather new at PHP.

I'm trying to run a script, but every time I do so, I'm not quite getting the output I should be getting.

I'm using this my Dreamweaver at home & working on the simple examples from this website http://www.php.net/manual/en/tutorial.forms.php

I've typed in:

index.html file

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />
<title>Untitled Document</title>
</head>

<body>

<form action="action.php" method="post">
 <p>Your name: <input type="text" name="name" /></p>
 <p>Your age: <input type="text" name="age" /></p>
 <p><input type="submit" /></p>
</form>

</body>
</html>

action.php

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />
<title>Untitled Document</title>
</head>

<body>

Hi <?php echo $_POST['name']; ?>.
You are <?php echo $_POST['age']; ?> years old.

</body>
</html>

Every time I run "index.html", although I can see the "form" & after typing "name" and "age", as soon as I press the "Submit Query" button, I get a pop-up message (as if it's opening a file "action.php" & when I say "Open", I get another pop-up message saying:

"Invalid Menu handle"

RATHER THAN the output, which I think I should be getting:

a message SIMILAR to "Hi Joe. You are 22 years old." (as it can be seen from the example given on the PHP website).

It sounds very much like you do not have PHP installed on your machine, or if you are using a hosting account, that they do not have PHP installed.

If you are developing and have installed PHP locally then there is a problem with your installation.

It sounds very much like you do not have PHP installed on your machine, or if you are using a hosting account, that they do not have PHP installed.

If you are developing and have installed PHP locally then there is a problem with your installation.

I've downloaded a program called "XAMPP" (as you can see in the attached image), from the link seen on PHP's official website.

I downloaded it from: http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp-windows.html

Basically, this application is a combination of "MySQL", "PHP", "Apache" & "FireZilla ftp" (as it can be seen from the attached image).

In the attached image, you can notice that:

>> next to "MySQL", it says "Running"
>> next to FireZilla", it says "Running"
>> next to Apache, it DOES NOT say running

BUT in the message area (white spaced), it DOES say "Apache service started", so does it not mean the Apache is ALREADY RUNNING or does the missing "Running" means it's NOT connected ???

Does it get connected easily OR do we have to wait & try AGAIN & AGAIN to get connected to Apache ???

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