Web Development using PHP on Mac OSX

I have always been a big fan of PHP, now that I am trying to code an app using PHP, I decided to install a PHP module for the Apache webserver running in OSX.

The Entropy package seemed to be a good option. I downloaded the module for Apache 2 and after installation my Apcahe webserver would not even start (personal web sharing would not turn on in System Prefernces>>Sharing>>Services). I started googling and found this article.

I typed in sudo apachectl configtest in terminal and this is what I got:

Syntax error on line 8 of /private/etc/httpd/users/+entropy-php.conf:
Cannot load /usr/local/php5/libphp5.so into server: (reason unknown)

I tried reinstalling the Entropy module and that came with an error, I probably missed the error message when I was installing it the first time. I then tried a different package for Apache 1.3 and it worked perfectly, so I am assuming I have Apache 1.3 running.

Anyway everything seems to be fine now and MySQL seems to be working as well.So it is time to code!

Xtorrent

Unfortunately, there seems to be no ultimate torrent client on a mac. Azuerues is feature rich, but is resource hungry;Transmission is lightweight but doesnt download everything; I liked the interface of Bitrocket, but it crashed several times that I decided not to use it.

I hoped the beta release of Xtorrent would be a perfect solution.I downloaded a few torrents using Xtorrent, they downloaded pretty quick and I was impressed.But, I was unabled to play an avi file that I had downloaded. I was thinking that maybe it was a codec issue. As Bittorent is a great solution to download files without the files losing integrity, I thought my VLC player was playing up. But when a few other files started having issues, I used Azureus to download the same torrents and it would worked like a charm, the files were playing perfectly on VLC.

Xtorrent (though beta) is not an impressive piece of software, imagine what would have happened if I had used Xtorrent to download a Linux Distro, it would have been a waste of time and bandwidth if the files had lost their integrity. So if you are downloading large files, make sure Xtorrent has nothing to do with them.

Moved!

From trk7.blogspot.com to http://trk7.com/blog through trkesavan.blogspot.com.
The blog has found itself a new address.

I finally did it! Had the domain registered for 6 months, now finally manged to put some content into it (never mind that the content has mostly been imported from my blogger account). I am planning to update the blog regularly and am thinking of mainly posting tech related news here.

The installation was not smooth sailing, not at all. My host Mochahost has WordPress V1.4 preinstalled and this caused endless troubles when I tried to import the data from my blogger account. Thankfully, I downloaded the latest version of wordpress which makes importing a lot more easier. I tried to get a 3 column layout for my blog, tried a few different themes and settled for the one that I am using now (this turned out to be tricky and I had to reinstall WordPress itself).

Now that everything seems fine, let me just hope that the hours I put in for doing all that doesn’t go in vain.
and yes, welcome all!