This article is for my students learning PHP, or for any student that wants to learn PHP and uses a Windows computer for that.
For this we will install:
XAMPP, which is available for Windows, Mac OS and Linux.
You can download it from: https://www.apachefriends.org/
XAMPP installs together:
Install WAMPP instead of XAMP (if you prefer WAMPP)
Alternatively you can install WAMPP, which installs:
As Development Environment we will use PHPStorm, from Jetbrains.
Testing the installation of XAMPP
The default directory for the PHP files is C:\xampp\htdocs
Create a file in c:\xampp\htdocs named hello.php
<?php $s_today = date("Y-m-d"); echo "Hello! Today is ".$s_today; ?>
Now start Apache:
- Open the XAMPP Control Panel
- Start the Apache Server
And test the new page, with the browser, opening: