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PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual Quickpro Guide, Second Edition by Larry Ullman

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Installation on Mac OS X

The Macintosh was always a user-friendly computer, frequently used by Web developers for graphic design and HTML coding. Now, thanks to OS X, the Macintosh is a programmer’s computer as well.

OS X, in version 10.4 (aka Tiger) at the time of this writing, has a Unix base with a glorious Macintosh interface. The Unix aspect of the operating system—predicated upon Free BSD—allows the use of standard Unix tools, such as PHP, MySQL, and Apache, with remarkable ease. In fact, Tiger comes with Apache and PHP already installed (but the latter is not enabled by default).

Like any other Unix technology, you can download the source code for these packages and manually build them (I’ve done it myself many a time, and it’s not too ...

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