Installing an configuring PHP

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I am new to PHP. I also have Dreamweaver installed on my Windows PC.
I'd like to start writing some simple PHP files. I just installed IIS
which is part of Windows XP. I verified that it works fine.

Now when I installed PHP from the site, it asks me what
server I am using. There are 4 versions of IIS as choices. Which one do
I choose ?

Why is it that when I create a simple php file and place it in
c:/inetpub/www, when I double-click on the file it opens Dreamweaver.
How to I make it go to my IIS server and PHP application and not to
Dreamweaver ?

My .php file contains:
<pre>&lt;p&gt;This page was created at &lt;b&gt;  &lt;?php echo
date(&quot;h:i:s a&quot;, time()); ?&gt;  &lt;/b&gt; on the computer
running PHP.&lt;/p&gt;  </pre>

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Re: Installing an configuring PHP

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Hendri Kurniawan

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I'm not sure about the ISS, but for win XP (I think... please confirm  
with others) it's IIS4.

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Because Dreamweaver is the default app to open the file.
Not to worry though.... Navigate through VIA your browser, and type the  
following address.
http://localhost/ following the name of your PHP file.

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Re: Installing an configuring PHP

saz wrote:
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Windows file associations, which can seen in any explorer (not IE, the  
file explorer) window by choosing Tools/Folder Options/File Types.  
Scroll down until you see "PHP", click "Change", then "Browse" to point  
it to php.exe instead.

FWIW, IIS is OK, but in the minority so far as web server usage.  If you  
want to develop locally you may wish to try an all-in-one package like  
XAMPP, which will install PHP/Apache/MySQL for you.  Once it's up &  
running you can examine the relevant config files (php.ini, httpd.conf,  
my.cnf, etc.) to learn how to perform upgrades yourself in the future.

While DreamWeaver is a good app, I personally find it to be overkill for  
editing PHP source code.  A text editor is all you really need.  
Consider getting a "programmer's" editor. I've used TextPad for some  
years (costs around $30); there are also freeware editors such as PSPad.  
  A good one should support code hilighting (color-coding the words),  
printing with line numbers, macros, and so on.

There are also PHP IDE's such as Komodo which will let you step through  
code, for personal use they're not that expensive.

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