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    SitePoint Enthusiast dzeja's Avatar
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    How can I test pages with php/mySQL on my own computer?
    What do I need to do and how do I do it?
    Do I need to run a server on my computer?
    What is the best method to test it?
    Note: I am completely new to php and mySQL.

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    Originally posted by dzeja
    How can I test pages with php/mySQL on my own computer?
    What do I need to do and how do I do it?
    This is covered in detail in my article Building a Database-Driven Web Site Using PHP and MySQL on WebmasterBase.com.

    Do I need to run a server on my computer?
    Yes. You'll need a Web server equipped with PHP, and you'll need a MySQL server. My article above covers the installation of both of these, and I posted a better alternative for Windows users in the forums as well (Installing PHP 4.0 on Sambar Server). Feel free to post back if you run into any problems!
    Kevin Yank
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    I wrote: Simply JavaScript | BYO PHP/MySQL | Tech Times | Editize
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    SitePoint Enthusiast dzeja's Avatar
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    Would I be able to test it with apache?
    How would I do it on linux or windows?

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    SitePoint Author Kevin Yank's Avatar
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    Originally posted by dzeja
    Would I be able to test it with apache?
    How would I do it on linux or windows?
    Read my article. It covers setting up a PHP-based Web server on either Linux (Apache) or Windows (PWS). The forum post that I refer to above explains how to set up Sambar server (better than PWS, and easier to configure) under Windows.

    So you have plenty of options, all of which will work.
    Kevin Yank
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    I wrote: Simply JavaScript | BYO PHP/MySQL | Tech Times | Editize
    Baby’s got back—a hard back, that is: The Ultimate CSS Reference


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