A post about Laragon
Laragon is probably the best Windows based localhost environment at the moment. I used to use XAMMP back in the day, but soon outgrew that when I first discovered Movamp, a tiny portable localhost that I used a lot a few years ago. Its now defunct and too much hassle to make an updated version, though I'm sure that's possible. I then gravitated to UniServe, which was tidy, small and also portable. I now run Laragon, because it's a very smooth and tidy local host, extremely versatile, and though can obviously be installed on the PC itself, I run it portable for convenience. It's enough for me for most projects.
Soon though, portable Laragon wont be enough as I want to learn how to build a Laravel environment, mainly because Im very keen on running Bookstacks. I also think that Pressbooks self hosted needs Laravel, but its Bookstacks that interests me. Open publishing is a wonderful thing and though I may not be able to self host online for others to use, I can still potentially run Bookstacks from desktop and publish my own work as well as that of others.
Apart from in the very early years of my dev work I have always worked in MAMP localhost, and progressed up to a Grunt workflow with Sassy CSS, so also learned about installing Node Packages and Ruby, and working in terminal for that as well as for basic git versioning. But now I want to extend my experience to become familiar with how to do this on Windows machines. Ive enjoyed the git journey too but that's for another post.
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A screenshot of the Laragon taskbar icon, right click view, with PHP libraries for Grav