Windows/Apache/MySQL/PHP, Python, PERL

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What Does Windows/Apache/MySQL/PHP, Python, PERL Mean?

Windows/Apache/MySQL/PHP, Python, PERL (WAMP) is a set of web applications combined with Microsoft Windows OS to be used in web environments constituting a server stack.


The WAMP stack provides developers and administrators with the four elements of a web server:

  • an OS

  • a web server

  • a database

  • a scripting language

In this server stack, Windows serves as the OS, Apache the web server, MySQL the database handler, and either PHP, Python or PERL is used as the dynamic scripting language.

Techopedia Explains Windows/Apache/MySQL/PHP, Python, PERL

WAMP is a web development environment that is composed of a web server, a database, a scripting language and is set on Microsoft’s Windows operating system (OS).

Apache, MySQL and PHP together form a totally open source (except for the OS) server stack or web server.

As it is, WAMP is not really a single application nor even a standard packaged suite as each member application is from a different developer, but the applications being used together so commonly that it has become an ad hoc standard suite of sorts. Essentially what happens is that Apache handles the server side catering to HTTP requests to and from client browsers while MySQL holds together all the data relating to the web site, and finally PHP/Python/PERL takes care of the programming side and acting as the glue of everything. PHP/Python/PERL runs various program scripts that take the form of HTML web pages as well as accesses data through MySQL, then all of this is given to the client through the Apache web server.


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