Windows Vista (version depending) introduces the new Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) version, 7. Much like IIS 6 introducedÂ features and fixes over IIS 5,Â version 7Â appears to continue this trend.
One thingÂ PHP web developers using the Windows Vista OS willÂ probably want to do is install PHP on IIS7. After following the steps in this article, this is aÂ pieceÂ of cake. I am using Vista Business on my work machine and had no problems getting PHP 5.2.1 up and running on IIS7.
Additionally, the article addresses how to connect PHP to the “free version” of SQL 2005, SQL Express. While MySQL remains the more popular choice for PHP development, this is still good information to know if you develop exclusively for the Windows platform.