Apache, MySQL, PHP. A powerfull combination, driving many websites from small to very large. Most Content Management Systems are based upon this platform. While researching CMS packages I was getting annoyed by having to test it on my test website out in the open. It always takes some time to quickly change and drop back to another version, all by ftp. Nice to access it via a local file system and a local server. And this way avoid the dangers of online unsecured test systems, spyware etc.
Now I was not waiting for the workload of installing an AMP server myself. But I found an easy and excellent way out of this: XAMPP! It works great! RECOMMENDED!
The distribution for Windows 98, NT, 2000, 2003, XP and Vista. This version contains: Apache, MySQL, PHP + PEAR, Perl, mod_php, mod_perl, mod_ssl, OpenSSL, phpMyAdmin, Webalizer, Mercury Mail Transport System for Win32 and NetWare Systems v3.32, Ming, JpGraph, FileZilla FTP Server, mcrypt, eAccelerator, SQLite, and WEB-DAV + mod_auth_mysql.