PHP Development Environments for Windows, Linux, Mac Programming

PHP and Nanobox

PHP is a versatile programming language used primarily for server-side scripting to develop web applications, although it can also be used to for command line scripting and even writing desktop applications.

Nanobox is a web development platform that automates the distracting overhead tasks involved in setting up and publishing web development projects. PHP developers can use Nanobox to create instant, isolated development environments that can be shared among team members.

Using the Nanobox platform, PHP developers can deploy their apps from those local environments to testing, staging, or production environments. Once in production, PHP apps can be monitored, scaled and otherwise managed using Nanobox's production tools.

Setting Up Local PHP Environments Manually

Setting up a PHP environment manually normally involves the following:

  • installing a PHP parser, downloadable from the official PHP
  • installing a PHP capable web server - Apache is the most popular
  • installing a database - MySQL is the most commonly used

Because the PHP binary applies globally on a development machine, PHP developers can only have one active version of PHP at a time. To get around this limitation for situations where multiple PHP projects are at play (a very common scenario), PHP developers would need to set up a complicated virtualization structure using Docker, Vagrant or one of the similar virtualization tools.

Nanobox Local PHP Environments

Nanobox automates the process of both creating local PHP environments and setting up those environments in separate, isolated containers. This allows PHP developers to work on multiple projects at the same time. With Nanobox, each environment is kept in its own Dockerized container. Environments can be created easily, and they can be destroyed easily when a project is finished.

As opposed to the standard process for setting up PHP environments, which makes them hard to keep organized, Nanobox simplifies and organizes everything. This leads to a reduction in cruft and the associated technical debt.

In the video below, you can see a demonstration of how Nanobox sets up a local development environment. The video uses Python for the demonstration, but setting PHP environments is done following the same process.

Here are some of the important benefits of using Nanobox to create PHP dev environments:

  • Apache versions can be changed on the fly
  • PHP versions can be changed on the fly
  • Different PHP and Apache versions can be for each project
  • PHP Composer dependencies are isolated from each other

Cross-Platform PHP Development - Windows, Mac, and Linux Systems

Nanobox supports development with Linux, Mac, and Windows operating systems. This makes it easy to coordinate among development team members who are using different operating systems. The configuration and other issues that tend to arise when one developer is using a Windows computer while others are on Macs are overcome using Nanobox.

What is Nanobox?

There are several reasons it makes sense to use Nanobox for developing PHP applications, including the benefits it provides for local development .

Follow the links below to learn more of the details about some of the most important benefits of Nanobox for local development.

Setting Up Your Python Environment on Nanobox

Setting up a PHP Environment on Nanobox is simple. In fact, you don't need to install PHP itself to be up and running with a PHP project, since Nanobox handles all of that for you. All you have to do is tell Nanobox what you want, and the platform handles the rest.

Beyond The Local Dev Environment

Some of the most important benefits for using Nanobox local PHP development environments involve what you can do with your application once it's ready to be deployed. Rather than having to fuss with all of the DevOps stuff you would otherwise need to build out your app's infrastructure, PHP developers can simply deploy their apps automatically using Nanobox's deployment and production management tools.

As you can see from the comparison chart below, Nanobox was built to serve the entire development-to-production workflow. Whereas popular deployment and infrastructure tools like Heroku and Kubernetes handle only deployment and production management of live apps, Nanobox handles everything from the initial app environment setup to deploying the app to the cloud and monitoring/scaling the app in production.
PHP Developers Use Nanobox for Development, Deployment, Production

PHP Application Deployment with Nanobox

Using Nanobox to deploy PHP applications has several benefits:

Production App Management

Once your PHP application has been deployed and is live, Nanobox can be used to monitor, scale, and otherwise manage it, including:

To get started using Nanobox to build your next PHP application, simply choose your favorite PHP framework or start with a generic PHP setup, register for an account, download the CLI, and get help from our engineers hanging out in our Slack channel.

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