Appendix . A Installation and Configuration

Many PHP users, especially those just learning the language, may never need to install and configure PHP or MySQL. However, should you decide to take this route, rest assured that it isn’t necessarily that complicated and the price of all the required software—free—makes it an even more appealing option. When you use your own PHP installation, you ensure that the preferred version of PHP, supporting exactly those features you desire, is available for your programming use.

You need to answer two questions before beginning installation: what operating system will the server run, and what Web server application will you use? This section demonstrates how to install PHP and MySQL on Windows and on ...

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