why is there two different applications (xampp and mamp)
I use both PC and MAC and have always used xampp ...
But I've only been using MAC for 2 months now, but what is the reason that Treehouse use MAMP for MAC?
I would have an advantage by switching to MAMP on my iMAC
Functionally, they're about the same. Treehouse favors developing on Mac, that's all. Choose the OS you prefer and go. MAMP Pro costs $$; XAMPP and regular MAMP are free.
Chris Shaw26,637 Points
MAMP is a vastly more advanced development environment compared to XAMPP which is a simple LAMP stack and nothing more and involves a lot more manual setup for websites whereas MAMP handles all this for us, it also has much more advanced functionality for switching PHP versions, logging, DNS mapping and my favourite feature LAN mapping via xip.io.
All round it's the number one choice if you need to get sites going quickly without hassle, did I mention it also has the ability to connect to 3rd party SMTP servers?
Greg Wienecke20,765 Points
I agree with Chris, I started out with XAMPP and then a couple weeks later saw someone using MAMP and immediately switched to MAMP. For me, their UI is much nicer and way more intuitive.
It's okay Chris the information comes automatically ... PRO = PAY :) yes they are very similar but I prefer mac and visual MAMP is more user-friendly Treehouse prefer mac and MAMP I also believe it is the right path for me. thanks for many good answers.