Friday, November 20, 2009

UwAmp - Wamp Server with Apache MySQL PHP and SQLite

For a small project I need to have a WAMP (which is a LAMP solution for my WinXP). So I took a quick look on wikipedia Wamp comparison table.

But since I reinstalled recently my pc and I used until now xammp I wanted to see if there was another easier solution and I found UwAmp

It is so small and easy to use that it is frightening.

Without installation : UwAmp is available as a Zip archive, just unpack it and you can run the server. UwAmp doesn't install files in the system to keep it clean.
Easy interface : UwAmp is provided with a management interface that lets you start or stop the server with one click.
Multi PHP Version : Change PHP version in one click to test compatibility.
CPU Monitoring : Real time Apache and MySQL process CPU monitoring.
U3 Mode : Can be run from a USB stick.

I particularly like the fact that:
  • you can test different versions of PHP (switchable with one click)
  • you have no system settings anywhere else than in the install folder. Hence easy uninstall.
  • the mode online/offline (with one click)
  • phpMyAdmin is integrated and launches with one click. I like clicks ;)
  • the libraries versions are more up-to-date than xammp
  • the preferences are logical and useful
  • the stat cpu/mysql is quite nice
However what makes me fall in love with it is the config panels for Apache and PHP.
Look at that: Descriptions and links for what the php/apache extensions and settings are !!!!!
No need anymore to browse the web to find what some obscure settings are and if one description is not enough you can simply click on the provided link to a more extensive doc.

What can you ask more? Free? It already is.