2. Getting Your Workstation Ready for Joomla! Development

When we are developing programs for Joomla!, we normally run Joomla on our local workstation. So we need to install the web server software required to run Joomla on our local machine. In addition, we need to have some way to edit the PHP files and other files that compose a Joomla application.

Fortunately, all this software is freely available for download and can be set up on all the common operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Also, we will see that there are many free options for editing our Joomla program files.

In this chapter, we will show you how to get your workstation set up to run Joomla and to edit and create the files you will need to write your programs. ...

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