XAMPP and WAMP in the LAMP, what's the best? [closed]

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asked Sep 19, 2008 by abhishek-mishra

We have got loads of options for php + MySQL + Apache combo... Which is the best pack among these ?

Lets confine our ideas to WAMP vs XAMPP, is there a better option to go for?

I created an online programming contest web app called CodeFire on XAMPP, later I had to switch to WAMP, where none of the php scripts worked properly... what standard should I follow?

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answered Sep 15, 2008 by christopher-mahan

I use WIMP on a project, and it's ok, not anything to write home about:

WIMP: Windows, IIS, MySQL, PHP

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answered Sep 19, 2008 by pkaeding

It all depends on what you are comfortable administering. Any of these setups can be stable, robust, and secure if its properly set up.

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answered Sep 19, 2008 by stuffmaster

XAMPP is good for development and portability, that's for sure.

LAMP is best for performance and security (and ubiquity).

WAMP...well, that's for if you don't want to learn Linux, I guess.

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answered Sep 19, 2008 by craig

LAMP seems to be the most common of those options, so on a strictly find solutions to your problems I would recommend LAMP.

It really comes down to whats going to be the best option for you though. If you don't know Linux than maybe running a WAMP setup will make the process easier to maintain. Try and factor in your experiance and the maintenance required on the server into your decision.

Personally I run a LAMP server for my purposes, as I know enough Linux to maintain it and it ended up being the best solution for my purposes.

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answered Sep 19, 2008 by ethyreal

Xampp is a self contained package for developments.

the latter two would be full production stacks installed on your server either gnu/linux or windows server 2k*

so if you want a one program install that can be removed go with xampp for development, otherwise you can fully install eash of them on your system. the latter will also (obviously) produce greater performance.

as far as standards go, lamp is more industry wide, the windows servers tend to run IIS instead of apache, though it doesn't mean they can't. thier are books on php over windows but i think easy of use and wide adaptation is in the lamp camp.

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answered Sep 19, 2008 by jose-vega

I've been using WAMP for a while now, and from what I've gathered its pretty reliable. The installation is a breeze, and user interface is pretty friendly.

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answered Sep 19, 2008 by cori

I like XAMPP, personally. I have an install running on a thumbdrive that I carry around that's pretty much my development environment for LAMP web dev on any machine I happen to be at (I'm mostly on Windows client machines).

Small, fully-functional, and stable - works really well for my needs.

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answered Jan 14, 2009 by gaurav-sharma

I use xampp, because it offers easy upgradeability and portability. You can easily upgrade the version wihtout a hassle.

I use xampp's 7zip installer version which is a very nice when it comes to be upgrading your php and phpmyadmin quite frequently in order to fix the bugs that are introduced in previous versions and have new functionality.

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answered Jan 26, 2010 by joe

I like xampp lite for a development server. I just take an old pc, re install windows and download and install. Change the Net card to static and turn on Apachie and mysql on startup. They run as services. I set the drive as shared and when I want to use it I copy the files into the htdocs area and turn the browser to that IP.

Very easy.

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answered Sep 2, 2010 by loun

I tried XAMPP and gave up...I faced an issue with backslashes(widows uses forward slashes)..due to this none of my scripts could save any files to folders because the path would be like dir1\dir2\folder/image_folder/image.jpg...I tried WAMP it worked like a charm..it threw no errors and saved the image files as intented...so..I guess I will stick to WAMP...I would appreciate it if someone could tell me how the "madslashes" issue is fixed on XAMPP..I googled furiously..without any luck..thanks

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