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Thursday, October 4, 2007

Set up Your Workspace

In this first post I want to introduce you how to set up a workspace to design and manage your web projects using Dreamweaver (for coding), MySql (database) and PHP (server-side language).




Before you begin you need a software to edit web pages, a software to manipulate image, a local web server to test PHP pages, and a database where to store all data.

Dreamweaver
I think Dreamweaver is the best solution to design and edit code for your website. The current version, CS3, is easier to use, and more powerful than the previous version, but it has a rather elevated price ($399). You can download a trial copy from the Adobe website.

Photoshop / The GIMP
To create graphical elements for your pages I suggest to use Photoshop or The GIMP. The GIMP is a open source software to manipulate images, it's free and available for Win, Mac and Linux operating systems.

Server and Database
To manage you server locally and to test your website written with PHP, you can download and install Apache. To store data install MySQL database and phpMyAdmin to create and manage MySQL database.

Mac User?
If you are a Mac user, I suggest to use MAMP to configure your local webserver, MySQL and phpMyAdmin. It's simple, fast and free.

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Jabba said...

"download a tryal copy"
- trial or tryout?
;)

Antonio said...

@jabba: both! :)))
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hey, nice work all over the blog! Thanks.


The link to MAMP at the end of the page doesn't work. Although a lame comment, it can be found on google, just putting for reference http://www.mamp.info/en/index.php

Keep it up.
-Invincible the not-blogger

David said...

awesome work!!! for linux and windows users they can use xampp for a php/mysql/apache enviroment..

3rn3st0 said...

Antonio, I use free tools, Dreamweaver really is the best tool, but its high price makes it inaccessible to many.

On the PHP configuration of a local server, use a WAMP called XAMPP that lets you configure Apache, PHP and MySQL in one step (ideal for newbies).

As always your articles are very good. Thank you for giving away your knowledge. Greetings from Venezuela.

PS: Sorry my bad English. :-)

madbohem said...

I give a double on WAMP for windows. Simple and easy. Couple of extra stuff that i find invaluable.

Notepad++, nice quick editor for doing simple updates.

Aptana makes a great development enviroment and its free in its basic version, pro is 99 bucks and its built on the eclipse ide. It can come as a Flex plug in... don't let free fool you, it is a very good enviroment. PHP debugger plugin, lots of interesting extras

Also, Firefox has a nice set of plug ins for web development.

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