Although Dreamweaver lets you use a remote server—such as a hosting company—to test PHP pages, it's usually more efficient to set up a testing environment on your local computer. All the necessary software can be downloaded free of charge from the Internet, and it's not difficult to set up. Don't worry about the length of this chapter. It contains separate instructions for Windows and Mac OS X, and the Windows section covers both XP and Vista, as well as Apache and IIS. There are also troubleshooting hints in the unfortunate event that anything goes wrong.

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