PHP 7 release is not far aware PHP 7.0.0 RC5 is the most recent beta release now is a great time to test your applications and ensure they run smoothly on PHP 7.
Whilst you can manually install PHP or use a VM I prefer to use mamp stacks, there dead easy to setup download an installer run it and off you go! Bitnami have mamp stacks for multiple versions of PHP including 7 RC5:
- Windows – https://bitnami.com/stack/wamp/installer
- Linux – https://bitnami.com/stack/lamp/installer
- Mac – https://bitnami.com/stack/mamp/installer
To get up and running download and install Bitnami then go to the application folder and navigate to apache2/htdocs that’s your local server directory add your projects then run http://127.0.0.1:8080/ in your browser to see it in action.
Bitnami comes with phpmyadmin I prefer a mysql client myself you can connect to mysql easily by using the host address as above instead of localhost.
For the past 12 years, I’ve been developing applications for the web using mostly PHP. I do this for a living and love what I do as every day there is something new and exciting to learn.
In my spare time, the web development community is a big part of my life. Whether managing online programming groups and blogs or attending a conference, I find keeping involved helps me stay up to date. This is also my chance to give back to the community that helped me get started, a place I am proud to be apart of.
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