When I first started writing about PHP and MySQL it never crossed my mind that so many readers would actually install the software themselves. Of course, this was before the existence of Windows 2000 and Mac OS X, and before the increased desktop usage of Unix (and specifically Linux) operating systems.
Between the advent of newer operating systems—Mac OS X is essentially Unix, and Windows XP is built upon Windows NT—and easy-to-run installers, it has become very easy for even the beginner developer to turn their home computer into a Web server. And the price of PHP and MySQL—free!—literally can’t be beat.
As I mention in the introduction to the book, there are three technical requirements: MySQL (the database application), PHP ...