Setting Up Uniform Server

UniServer, Part 1

Uniform Server really is an interesting WAMP stack for two reasons.  First, it was designed to be portable, small and secure, and second, the TCP ports can be reassigned with just a button push so that multiple copies of the stack can run at one time.  The developers also claim that it can be secured sufficiently to be used as a production stack.  In addition, there’s a well-maintained wiki for documentation and a forum for support.  The tray control (UniTray) is very comprehensive, and the welcome and server administration panels have many options and effectively show the system status.

This is also a very simple WAMP to install, since it merely self-extracts to the desired location.  It makes no registry entries, nor puts any files outside its own directory tree.

The main site is The Uniform Server. I think that some people haven’t used this package because many of the illustrations still show earlier versions, implying that the actual system is not up-to-date.  Additionally, earlier versions used a substitute drive letter to implement the operation.  This is not the case anymore (version 5), as a visit to the wiki will show you.  Even the download page on Sourceforge shows a lot of current activity, but the main site can be a bit confusing. Nevertheless, I think this is a good package to use for testing.

Let’s download the package, install it and take a look.  The download is here at Sourceforge, and is currently version 5.5. The team has code-named their releases, with the version 5.x series being called Nano. All the Nano systems are very similar; this wiki page shows the exact differences, as well as being the latest introduction to the system. Continue reading

XAMPP, We’ve Got Some Explaining to Do

XAMPP, Part 2

Now that you have a basic XAMPP for Windows system installed and running, what’s next?  Let’s first look at the XAMPP Status link.  (You can click on the picture to enlarge it, and use your browser’s “back” button to return here.)

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Setting up XAMPP on Windows

XAMPP, Part 1

The first WAMP stack I’m reviewing is XAMPP. Because it is a popular package, I thought there should be  a lot of information already available about it, and the obvious first place to look is the ApacheFriends website. While their offerings are available in several other languages, I’m going to stick to English for this series. 😉  I found out, however, that the information can be a bit sparse, so I Googled it and found a few other (somewhat) helpful pages.  I think you’ll find this one both up-to-date and generally more useful (IMHO).

I have been using XAMPP for Windows for about five years and it has proven to be an effective and well-maintained package. It’s an easy package to install and can also be set up as a portable environment, like on a USB memory stick. It has several included subsystems that help make it a good package to perform tests.

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