If you’re looking for an out of the box WAMP stack, I had good luck with Apache2Triad. A big download, but you’re getting Apache, PostGreSQL, MySQL, a mail server and an FTP server, plus various admin tools. I had things running in about 15 minutes–very cool, given that I’d spent a fair bit of time just trying to get PostGreSQL installed alone. The only hiccup was that my spyware tool thought SlimFTPd was a virus.
Beware, though, if you have an existing MySQL installation. Apache2Triad won’t blow away the data, but it will usurp the Services entry. And then, if you remove Apache2Triad, your existing MySQL instance is orphaned. I was able to get mine up and running again, from the command line. But to get it running again as a service required a complete uninstall/reinstall. No fun.
So, if you have no dev environment and need a quick start, take a look at this package. If you, on the other hand, have existing development tools installed, be more careful than I was.
Hi, another open source WAMP stack is http://bitnami.org/stack/wampstack
It is self-contained and will not mess with your services. It also has versions for Linux, Solaris and OS X, so you can use the stack across multiple platforms
I forgot to mention there is also RubyStack http://bitnami.org/stack/rubystack as well as other applications such as MediaWiki, DokuWiki, or Drupal. Give it a try and let us know what you think 🙂