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But, run a Web server? Do you mean something like Windows IIS? --> This in a way brings me full circle to the original question.
So, I can either just start using PHP with notepad. But, in order to test locally I will need to run my own Web server...but I only have my piece tower - unless you mean a windows personal server or IIS or something...
Thanks for any clarification : By the way, the article expresses the exact groove I'd like to be in eventually. Glad they decided to add this forum here;)
Yes, you can actually set up a server off of your own personal computer but just run it for yourself and not allow others access to it. This greatly speeds up development as you don't have to FTP files to your host in order to test your website and scripts. Here is some more info on running PHP/MySQL on a local machine [webmasterworld.com]. I tried FoxServ [sourceforge.net] (toolman's recommendation in the preceeding thread) and really liked it. You download a compiled Apache server, MySQl, and PHP modules all in one package ready to go.