## Local Server Environment

### MAMP

If you're developing for the web on a mac, this application is a must. MAMP is a package which installs Apache, PHP and MySQL on your mac; best of all, it doesn't mess with the built in Apache configuration that comes with Leopard. I find this an indispensible application for a few reasons. First, it installs PHPMyAdmin which I love for many reasons; and second, it's quick to install. Just run the installer and you're done, no messing with the terminal like when you install each separately. The best bit? It's free. There is a paid version which gets you virtual hosts, dyndns and more.

### Wampserver

Wampserver is just like MAMP in that it is a package by where running just one installer gets you PHP and MySQL and PHPMyAdmin on your system. This windows application is free and it runs great, has a number of configurations available and overall is a sound application to run a local environment.

### XAMPP

XAMPP is a Windows, Linux and Mac OS X solution for running a local development environment. Prior to this article I hadn't known this, so it would be ideal for those of you who use more than one operating system on a regular basis. When I had a windows PC I used this and could not fault it at all.

## Database Management

### Sequel Pro

I have Sequel Pro on installed on my mac. It is a small and easy to use application once you get to grips with it. It has a sleek user interface and its in well with all my other OS X apps. The best part about Sequel Pro is that it's free, you can't complain about something if it's free, right? There is also a donate page which I encourage people to use if they use the app on a regular basis.

## FTP

### FileZilla

FileZilla is a free cross platform FTP solution. FilaZilla supports FTP, FTPS and SFTP and resume transferring large files bigger than 4 GB. You are able to configure the transfer speeds; and there is also a powerful site manager, especially useful if you have a number of websites with different FTP locations. FilaZilla also has a donate page which you can use if the application makes your life easier.

### FireFTP

Ok, so not technically an application, it's what I use on my mac. FireFTP is by far the best FireFox addon I have installed, it gets used nearly every day and it copes well when uploaded a wordpress site. Best of all it's free! It supports SSL,TLS, and SFTP file compression, proxy support and file hashing amongst other things. As with Sequel Pro a donate page exists which I urge you to use if you use this app regularly, it helps the developers and half of the proceeds go to helps orphanages in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina and in Vukovar, Croatia.

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