Install Apache 2, PHP 5.3, and MySQL 5 with MacPorts, Revisited

A few years back I'd written a few tutorials to get a local PHP and MySQL development environment up and running with MacPorts. Much has changed since then, and while I've updated my development environment, I hadn't bothered to update the tutorials. This post aims to bring things up-to-date.

To build with package managers, with pre-compiled binaries, or from source... that is the question

I remember how excited I was when Mac OS X was initially released. Finally I had real development tools available on my platform of choice. I could run a web server with middleware to develop database-driven web sites on my laptop. The only problem was that although having Unix file management skills, at the time, I had absolutley no experience compiling the required Unix software from source.

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