Following my previous post I’m now preparing an environment to develop in PHP.
1) Install XAMPP – There are other alternatives, but this one, after some research was my choice. Why? Because in the future I’m thinking developing some skills in Perl and with XAMPP it’s a 2 in 1! (Besides mysql included!)
2) IDE – I’m trying Netbeans 7.1. There are a lot others IDEs out there like: komodo, phpstorm, phpide, aptana, eclipse, phpdesigner. My choice probably it’s not the best one, but I develop in Visual Studio and Eclipse and as a Oracle trainer, sometimes I have to use Netbeans. I will try it, if the experience gets troubled I will change to another and keep this learning. I think, anyway, the experience will be always positive.
I’m now following the steps to create a project in Netbeans…
- New Project PHP
- Advantage – Netbeans detected my xampp instalation and discovered where to put the php files.
- Project name: LearningPHP (in my drive sits at: D:\xampp\htdocs\LearningPHP)
- Local Web Site
- Project URL: http://localhost:8001/LearningPHP/
- I will not use any PHP framework… maybe in a future post I’ll try one besides WordPress.
After the wizard I have the file below already created:
– index.php (the first file in any web tech is always index.
// put your code here
Now I will change the Title and put some basic code inside the
echo "My second step to learn php!";
Let’s run it (In Netbeans just hit the “play”!
PS: Make sure xampp is running and the port it’s the correct one. In my example the url is: http://localhost:8001/LearningPHP/index.php
and the result, as expected, it’s the browser output:
|My second step to learn php!|
Now, I have an environment to run php and a first “hello word” example.
Next post: The usual language basics of php!