Advantage in using MAMP is that it makes it easy for those that don't want to mess in the terminal with settings and downloading packages. 

Plus it comes with a nice interface for accessing phpMyAdmin, sqlite and php.ini info.

So for those starting like the original poster, that would be something I would recommend over using macosx preinstalled software, but all boils down to personal preference.

Hope with the info everyone has provided helps you out.

On Oct 5, 2011, at 11:56 AM, Brandon M Fryslie wrote:

Is MAMP relatively similar to XAMPP?

MAMP stands for Mac, Apache, MySQL, PHP

It is an adaptation of the phrase "LAMP stack" which is Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP.

OS X has Apache and PHP built in.  To turn on Apache, check Web Sharing in the Sharing panel of System Preferences.

To turn on PHP, uncomment a line in the file /etc/apache2/httpd.conf

#LoadModule php5_module libexec/apache2/

LoadModule php5_module libexec/apache2/

For MySQL, install the package manager Homebrew, and then at the terminal type:

brew install mysql

It's that easy!

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