With all the LAMP stacks in the world, its hard to imagine we need yet another howto blog post. But I did have some trouble getting things running smoothly on my Mac and I’d like to share my experiences with you, the gentle reader. Living-e bundles Apache, MySQL and PHP stack for the Mac called MAMP. It’s made to run out of the box and it certainly lived up to its promise.
And, yes, before you ask – I really tried to go the purist route. I installed MySQL after perusing the “incredibly helpful and updated” Apple documentation on the subject (circa 2005 where they even spend a paragraph discussing MySQL drawbacks). But what defeated me in the end was trying to configure such oddball php plugins like pdo_mysql, GD2 and mbstring. I wasted almost a day of my life in the process. Abandon all hope, ye who enter here!