Installing a WAMP stack and writing your first PHP: Overview
There are three steps we’ll cover in this session:
- Get UltraEdit or Sublime Text
- Install a WAMP stack
- Do a simple test
1. Get UltraEdit or Sublime Text
UltraEdit is a mature text editor with great features. There is a 30 day trial version available, so go get it here.
Or you could go for Sublime Text, which is a great text editor and is available in a non-time limited trial version. I use Sublime Text and recommend it. I am not affiliated with any of these products; this information is just to help you get started.
…If you really don’t want to pay you can try Notepad++ – I’ve used this a few times and it seems good too!
2. Install a WAMP stack
Head over to uniformserver.com and follow the download link to the sourceforge page. Download the newest version you can find.
Double-click the .7z and run the installer. The default options are fine.
When the installer finishes, make sure the server is started. It should look like this:
Open your text editor of choice and type this into a new document:
<?php echo ‘Hi!’; ?>
Save it as [Uniform Server Folder]\www\index.php.
Open a web browser and visit http://localhost.
You should see a very plain, unstyled greeting. Congratulations, you got PHP working and wrote your first script!
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