Configuring PHP Development Environment
PHP development requires the following software installed and configured:
A Web server and a PHP engine are mandatory. Starting with version 5.4, PHP interpreters contain a built-in Web server. The server is by no means intended for production but for development and testing purposes only.
A database server, if your application will use a database.
A debugging tool, if you are going to debug your application.
A command line tool, if you are going to run PHP commands from the command line.
Configuring PHP development environment
To set up the PHP development environment, follow these general steps:
Download, install, and configure the Web server, the PHP engine, and the MySQL server. Do one of the following:
Download, install, and configure the desired AMP package (Apache, MySQL, PHP).
Install and configure each component separately, then check your installation.
Optionally, perform these steps:
Install and configure a debugging engine.
Install or create and enable a PHP-specific command line tool.
Install and enable the PHPUnit tool.