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Chapter 26. Introduction to Dynamic Drea... > Getting Started with Dynamic Develop...

Getting Started with Dynamic Development

After you understand the basic concepts and terminology of dynamic development, the next step is to choose whatever HTTP server/application server/database management system combo you want to work with and set up your workstation accordingly. You can set up your development environment in one of two ways:

  • In a “live” or “online” setup, all of the specialized software—web server, app server, DBMS, driver—is housed on a remote computer that you have FTP access to. This remote computer might even be the web server hosting your site. Developing live might seem easier to you, because it means you don’t have to install any new software on your computer. But it’s a cumbersome way to proceed. All of your configuration requests must go through the server administrator, which can slow you down; and you run the risk of actual web visitors trying to view pages that you are currently developing.

  • In an “offline” setup, you put all software elements on your computer—including HTTP server software, DBMS, everything—and temporarily act as hosting server and developer. When your site is fully developed, you move the relevant database files, drivers, and pages to the actual web server. This is how most developers work when they can. It’s how we’ll be proceeding in this book. An extra benefit of developing offline is that you get a free education about how server software works.


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