and as others before me am stuck at the 4th chapter. I installed WAMP and everything worked except I'm stuck at 'Php will not connect to the MySql server'. I've read a bunch - checked the ports to make sure there is no conflict. Checked the php.ini file where folks said they're could be problems etc... no good. So while rooting about on the WAMP website I doubted I'd installed WAMP for 64 bit machines (Win 7) - so I uninstalled WAMP and tried again. All worked again expect 'connect' and after a similar bit of troubleshooting the new installation I still have the same problem.
I read someplace else about 64 bit Windows machines being fussy with WAMP and having to install each bit separately and also a specific MySql which is best for 64 bits machines and am thinking of trying this next. I'd be following this fellows instructions - http://www.webdevelopersnotes.com/how-do-i/install-PHP-windows-7.php - and I was wondering if anyone had any advice about me plowing in this direction.
This is the error message in FF -  An attempt was made to access a socket in a way forbidden by its access permissions. (trying to connect via tcp://localhost:3306)
In PhpMyAdmin it's this - MySQL said: Documentation
2002 - The server is not responding (or the local MySQL server's socket is not correctly configured)
I can happily access MySQL via a command prompt. Seems like it should be something simple but danged if I can find it.
Thanks for your time.