How to use IIS as local server with Eclipse IDE for PHP web development ?
Posted on 2009-04-02
I'm using Win XP Pro, Internet Information Server (5.1), MySQL(5.0.24) and PHP (5.1.5) ... that's WIMP ;) and have been doing so without issues for some lightweight web development for quite a while, using Dreamweaver MX 2004 as the development platform.
Recently decided to give the superb Eclipse IDE a run (that is, the Zend 'all-in-one' with PDT and Zend debugger). This again works very well except for one thing I haven't got my head around yet.
If I run a PHP script, as a script, then I get a 'debug' tab and a 'browser' tab appearing in the bottom of the IDE window, OK but ...
If I run the script as a page, it can't find the page to open in either the internal or external browser (IE7). I've tried many alterations to Eclispe's server setup but no joy. We know PHP / MySQL are correctly setup to work with IIS, through the Dreamweaver development so far, so it seems that somehow I have to 'marry' my Eclipse workspace to IIS's web root folder.
How do I go about this ? ... I've read vague references to creating a common virtual folder but I really don't know if that's correct or exactly what's meant by it.
Suggestions gratefully received but perhaps not changing the 'I' in WIMP to an 'A' just yet ;)