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mySQL Installation Question

Putting mySQL on computer, which also has Apache/PHP - link them up?

     
10:16 pm on Feb 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I'm taking a graduate engineering information systems class and we're going to use mySQL as the database engine for the course. I'm all fine with mySQL (I use it regularly with PHP in my web development). We have to install the software on our computer. Not a big issue.

My question is this (I hope this is in the right section): On my laptop I have Apache (webserver) installed with PHP so I can do rapid web development without an internet connection (I'm often in situations where I don't have internet access). If I install mySQL onto my computer for the purpose of this course (via command line type stuff)... would I also be able to "link up" this mySQL to Apache/PHP to add database support to my "mobile web development"?

Server/software administration are not my strong points, and I haven't looked into this yet and was curious to know.

Thanks!
10:17 pm on Feb 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Forgot to note... my laptop runs Windows Vista.
10:45 pm on Feb 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Yes for sure you can, the trick is setting up the DB connection to work.

If you do some searching for VAMP (Vista, Apache, MySql, PHP) you will find a lot of info.