CHAPTER 1

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Setting Up a PHP Development Environment

Getting a working development environment put together can be intimidating, especially for the absolute beginner. To follow along with the project in this book, you’ll need to have access to a working installation of Apache, PHP, and MySQL, preferably on your local machine. It’s always desirable to test locally, both for speed and security. Doing this both shelters your work-in-progress from the open Internet and decreases the amount of time spent uploading files to an FTP server and waiting for pages to reload.

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