If you’re an OS X user developing php based application, you’d have realised that the apache configuration shipped with OS X doesn’t have php enabled out of the box. If you try to open a php script using your browser, you’ll just see the php code as text and not the rendered HTML you’re expecting.
But, don’t fret. It’s actually pretty simple to enable php on OS X. Here is what you should do.
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Mac OS X used to be the one of the easiest operating systems around to get a basic web development setup. For anyone interested in learning HTML/CSS/JS etc, all they had to do was open the sharing pane from system preferences and enable the web sharing option. On OS X 10.9, web sharing has been removed.
That doesn’t mean apache isn’t installed, by default. It is, its just hidden away waiting to be manually invoked using a Terminal command.
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Why would you need to use PHPanywhere to code in PHP from anywhere ? Of course, you can code in PHP from anywhere – As long as you have php installed on the machine that you happen to be using. And also have access to the scripts that you want to work on. Also, working without your favorite IDE can be a problem. Correct ?
PHPanywhere changes the equation just a little bit. It lets you code in PHP using your web browser, and the only thing you need access to is the Internet.
PHPanywhere is a web based IDE – integrated development environment, for PHP. And it’s a pretty good one, with built in support for syntax highlighting, smart indentation, undo/redo, find and replace and a full fledged FTP client. And like all good things in life, it is free to use.
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