What do I need to run PHP code on my machine?

I'm an ASP.Net/SQL Server developer. I want to look at code that's been written in PHP and MySQL. I have Windows 2007.

What do I need to run, develop and debug PHP code?  I think I need an Apache server but can do I need a Mac for all this?

Thanks
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Meir RivkinFull stack Software EngineerCommented:
1. Install IIS 7.5

Windows 7 Home Premium/Basic/Starter:
IIS 7.5

Windows 7 Professional/Enterprise/Ultimate:
IIS 7.5

2. Install PHP
PHP

3. Add CGI to IIS
On the taskbar, click Start, and then click Control Panel.
In Control Panel, click Programs and Features, and then click Turn Windows Features on or off.
Expand Internet Information Services, then select CGI, and then click OK.

CGI

That's it :)

you can follow this guideline as well:
Installing PHP on IIS 7.5 Windows 2008 or Windows 7
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CamilliaAuthor Commented:
in ASP.Net/C#, I open the code in Visual Studio. What platform do I need to open the PHP cide and debug/compile?
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Meir RivkinFull stack Software EngineerCommented:
any php IDE, like Eclipse, Zend Studio, Bluefish there more check here:
List_of_PHP_editors
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COBOLdinosaurCommented:
If what you want to do is simulate a true PHP driven site, then you should install a complete stack and admin tools with: http://www.wampserver.com/en/ 

That gives you PHP, mysql, apache in a single packages and the whole thing istalls in minutes. It also comes with phpmyadmin to manage the database, and you can install modules and combine different versions of the pieces to exactly match the production environment you are developing for.

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Daniel WilsonCommented:
To expand on what sedgwick said, PHP is interpreted rather than compiled.  PHP IDE's like he listed are nice, but any text editor can work.

As for debugging, don't expect to set breakpoints and trace through.  You will debug by getting extra output with echo, print_r, var_dump, etc.

You may additionally want to check out firephp and firebug.
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Aaron TomoskySD-WAN SimplifiedCommented:
Even more realistic than xampp or wamp is a virtual lamp machine. Get vmware player (or virtualbox) both free, and check out turnkeylinux.org for ready to run virtual machines (also free)
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Chris StanyonWebDevCommented:
Easiest (1 click install) and Cheapest (Free) - WampServer

Look into xdebug for debugging. Some IDEs will use this for breakpoints / debugging etc, but start off with PHP native 'debugging' tools - echo / var_dump / print_r etc. Consider firePHP for fireBug to allow console output - silently debug without messing up layout!

To properly setup your environment, look into name based virtual hosts in windows. Allows you to set up as many domain names on your system as you need, rather than the default 127.0.0.1 (localhost). You'll need to edit httpd.conf, httpd-vhosts.conf and the windows HOSTS file.
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NickHITSLCommented:
Personally I have found that XAMPP works really well, it is simple to install and gives you the Apache server, PHP and mysql with optional filezilla and some other bits, you can switch those off if you want to.

If you are running it on the same machine as IIS you need to take care which web server claims and listens for port 80. Generally if I am developing ASP.NET I switch off the apache server and if I am developing PHP I switch of IIS.
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CamilliaAuthor Commented:
Thanks, let me read your responses.
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