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I'm trying to figure out how to get PHP working right on my computer. I was told to download PHP which turned out to be a crap load of files that I don't know what to do with, then I was told to download XAMPP to get those files to work or some crap, idk now I just have a bunch of crap that I don't know what the hell to do with. Can anyone provide a step by step of what I need to do if I want my comp to read php and for me to be able to learn and write php?
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why didn't you just get a pre configured package like xampp?
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Yeah I downloaded xampp, but I still don't know what I'm supposed to do with it lol. I guess I mind need to try to find some tutorials for it. I'm just really confused when it comes to these programs with PHP and mySQL.
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I would download the installer for xampp

installer
http://sourceforge.net/projects/xampp/f ... &download=

Try this site for some help.
http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp-windows.html#641
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open the control panel and press start lol

then http://localhost/

i would suggest you start with basics of web design and before you even look at php i would start with HTML and CSS then JS and then you can move to PHP and MySQL.
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Yeah I'm through the tutorials of HTML and CSS, and getting towards the end of JavaScript, so I wanted to make sure I had what I needed ready. I just don't fully understand the server side stuff, but I'm going to check into it. But, I guess I am going to wait now, until I get finished with JavaScript. It was just bugging me that I didn't know what was going on with the server side stuff.
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Kurthead+1 wrote:
Yeah I'm through the tutorials of HTML and CSS, and getting towards the end of JavaScript, so I wanted to make sure I had what I needed ready. I just don't fully understand the server side stuff, but I'm going to check into it. But, I guess I am going to wait now, until I get finished with JavaScript. It was just bugging me that I didn't know what was going on with the server side stuff.


You really need to research what a web hosting setup is all about and really it is not half as much as learning a language. I find it quite simple to understand really, think outside the box on how the web server works lol.
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I may not be researching in the right area. I just didn't get how these things work together. PHP, XAMPP and mySQL. But, I'm thinking if I find the right sources I should be able to figure it out. Most of the descriptions I found were pretty vague. Basically, just saying to use these things together, and not how they worked together.
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Well to start you off XAMPP is an acronym

X = read as cross meaning cross-platform
A = Apache HTTP Server
M = MySQL
P = PHP
P = Perl

So XAMPP is everything/only thing you need. so if you download the windows installer from above that would be all you need. Unless you don't have windows. Then there are other steps you need to take.

Basically you need to install Apache then install php and mysql.


To put it simple

Apache is the web server software and it is require to run the HTTP service (and things like php).
PHP is a server side language and it is a recursive acronym PHP Hypertext Preprocessor
MySQL is your database

Here is some references if you want to learn more
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XAMPP
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apache_HTTP_Server
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MySQL
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PHP
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perl

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