LAMP Development - (Linux O/S - Apache Web Server - MySQL Relational
Database - PHP Web Scripting Language)
The acronym LAMP refers to a solution stack of software, usually
free and open source software, used to run dynamic Web sites or servers. The original
expansion is as follows:
- Linux Operating System - An open source license free
operating system similar to UNIX, available for use by thousands of web hosting
- Apache Web Server - The most widely used web server
platform in use on the Internet today, freely available to all.
- MySQL Relational Database - a relational database
management system (RDBMS) which has more than 11 million installations. Very easy
to use and available as free software under the GNU General Public License (GPL).
- PHP programming language - originally created by Rasmus
Lerdorf in 1995, the main implementation of PHP is now produced by The PHP Group
and serves as the de facto standard for PHP as there is no formal specification.
PHP is free software released under the PHP License, however it is incompatible
with the GNU General Public License (GPL), due to restrictions on the usage of the
term PHP. PHP is a widely-used general-purpose scripting language that is especially
suited for web development and can be embedded into HTML. It generally runs on a
web server, taking PHP code as its input and creating web pages as output. It can
be deployed on most web servers and on almost every operating system and platform
free of charge. PHP is installed on more than 20 million web sites and 1 million
The combination of these technologies is used primarily to define a web server infrastructure,
define a programming paradigm of developing software, and establish a software distribution
package. Though the originators of these open source programs did not design them
all to work specifically with each other, the combination has become popular because
of its low acquisition cost and because of the ubiquity of its components (which
come bundled with most current Linux distributions). When used in combination they
represent a solution stack of technologies that support application servers.
LAMP is is a great platform for deploying low-cost, reliable, scalable, secure web
applications for small to large scale web sites and web applications. The components
of the toolset are time tested and available at almost every web hosting company.
You can get up and running very quickly with LAMP and as PHP is a scripting language
additions and changes can be deployed in a short amount of time because the application
does not need to be re-compiled.