I love OSX, but I always hated setting up a new system. OSX does little to empower developers out of the box.
I love OSX, but I always hated setting up a new system. OSX does very little to empower developers these days. I know I could use Docker or some VM to run my development but I have never had issues syncing my local development with my server environment. I feel like a lot of those issues come from people over-engineering their architecture. I get it though, it’s cool to be like the big boys. But I like to use MAMP because it’s “simple”.
When it comes to running local PHP I use MAMP because of its simplicity.
Installing composer is simple and you will probably even be able to install Laravel and its packages but once you run an artisan command you will see “Laravel requires the Mcrypt PHP extension”. A similar message will also show when running PHPMyAdmin.
We could fix this by using HomeBrew but I like to keep things simple.
which php and you should see
To fix this make an edit to
~/.profile and add the following two lines.
Obviously, the PHP version in the path should machine the version you are using.
source ~/.profile to reload your profile and now run which php and you should now see /Applications/MAMP/bin/php/php5.4.4/bin/php