LAMPP + WAMPP = XAMPP
Many people know from their own experience that it's not easy to install an Apache web server and it gets harder if you want to add MySQL, PHP and Perl.
XAMPP is an easy to install Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl. XAMPP is really very easy to install and to use - just download, extract and start. At the moment there are two XAMPP distributions: XAMPP for Linux (aka LAMPP) and XAMPP for Windows (aka WAMPP)
This installer makes it easy to install PHP for the following web servers: IIS, Apache 1.3 and 2.0 for Windows 2000/XP/2003 and later. The installer is superior to the default PHP installer from php.net because apart from PHP 4.3.2, it installs:
- PEAR and ADOdb libraries.
- FastCGI to improve PHP reliability. Only for IIS.
- Turck MMCache for accelerating PHP scripts.
- Session variable support and register_globals on.