Testing mail() function with agrosoft mail server …

Soon or later every people who learn php will meet PHP lovely function for sending email mail()

Unfortunately many beginner who install only PHP, MYSQL and Apache in windows don’t know how to test their email script like contact form, mailing list etc.

Today, I’ll show how to install mail server software available in internet called Argosoft Mail Server.

Pre requirement :

– Working WAMP application ( I use XAMPP Lite Portable)

Ok, now go to Argosoft website and download Mail Server ( Choose Freeware)

Important Argosoft Mail Server ( AMS ) feature that we need:

1. POP3 server

POP3 server responsible for retrieving email from server

2. Built-in web server with webmail

We need to check our script result

Step by step :

Install exe file by double click

Click setup

Click Install tab to begin installation process

Start running your mail server

Just double click AMS icon in desktop to start this application

New instance of AMS will start and reside on tray

To make sure no service conflict , click the AMS icon on the tray to find out

As you see there is error message “address already in use”, by default web server will use port 80

We do have apache running in that port , click CTRL + O to configure new port for AMS web server. (choose PORTS tab)

Change Web Interface port from 80 to anything you want , I already have port 8080 for Oracle port so I choose 8083

Exit from AMS and start again

Now web server run on port 8083

Try open from browser :


If You see this page it means your job is finish, You have working mail server plus webmail .

Next time I’ll continue on adding new user and testing script for mail() function.

See You

Update : part II is compelete, also with video.

OpenBSD 4.0 is Out

I just realized that today is November 1 and a few big thing release :

My Freebsd 6.1 need upgrade and so my openbsd box ( 3.7)

I still new in CI , CI attract me for its active development and huge support of supportive fan.

I decide to move PCT to version 2.0 with CI as framework now still in learning phase , setup coding guideline for teamwork etc.

Need to sleep now

It’s wget time :-)

Add fancy alias for your localhost or

A few student in my class ask me how to change default address for testing php script from http://localhost or into some real name like derick.com or google.com while they offline at home and no internet connection availabe at home .

After googling for /etc/hosts equivalent finaly I got the answer, still related name :


Just doing this :

Find file named : HOSTS


C:WINDOWSsystem32driversetcjust put name you like :

I type alamster.com for

here my HOST file looks like       localhost       alamster.com

save the file

restart my computer and next time after my computer up I can use http://alamster.com as alternative of http://localhost or

Easy PHP Installer , XAMPP or WAMP ?

In my recent study to help me study PHP5, I’m looking forward for “easy php installer” that can help me to code in PHP4 (production) and then easily change to PHP5 (learning OOP).

I used to use Appserv in my laptop or office PC but now it can’t help me any longer with PHP5 and PHP4 since I have to choose between appserv for PHP5 OR PHP4 .

Searching with uncle google help me find two solutions for my need :

1. XAMPP ( http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html)
2. WAMP (http://www.wampserver.com/en/)

XAMPP has two version :

Full and lite version

Full version has following feature :

  • Apache
  • MySQL
  • PHP + PEAR
  • MiniPerl
  • OpenSSL
  • phpMyAdmin
  • XAMPP Control Panel
  • Webalizer
  • Mercury Mail Transport System
  • FileZilla FTP Server
  • SQLite
  • Zend Optimizer
  • XAMPP Security

Plus other “important feature” for installation

  1. Method A: Installation with the Installer
  2. Method B: “Installation” without the Installer

Full version is my choice since it come with PHP4 and PHP5

Lite version come with PHP5 and no PHP4

WAMP is great too , almost same as XAMPP BUT I have to install it to my computer

Since I must doing presentation to friends, my boss etc . I choose to use XAMPP because it’s portable , can reside in my Flash disk .

Draw back of these installer for me is MYSQL version .
I’m a fan of MYSQL 4.0x since my hosting company still use it in production .

But later I’ll switch to MYSQL4.1 or MYSQL 5 which is recomended by MYSQL AB company .

I’ll explore interesting facility in XAMPP like Mercury Mail Transport System for mail(), how to use it in local environtment etc.

See you

Do You Use PHP5 in Production?

PHP 5 is getting mature , last version according to php.net is 5.1.6 but still many people (specially me) tend not to use in production scale . Why ?

1. As newbie , I’m afraid of OOP
PHP 5 support “real OOP” , person who has background with C++ or Java or Delphi has no problem with OOP . I’m not – not an easy task to switch from procedural to OOP style

2. Web hosting in general still use PHP4
Cpanel or other script for hosting management still using “stable” version which is PHP4
There’s no reason why “reinvent the wheel” to support minority customer who like to use PHP5 than average customer that like to see their hard work which is working flawlessly in PHP4

3. Is my application still work if I’m migrate to PHP5 ?
It’s my personal question to myself and fortunately I’m to lazy to find it out

4. I’m a lamer
I like to see other people code and study how it work , and when I see sample code that use PHP5 . Whoa … OOP in action , help…help . No “hello world” tutorial in PHP5 ? Wake me up please :-)

Finally, Now I’m to lazy but wait, I’ll change to look after You all guys .

I’ll learn and we’ll see then