Officially VC++6 builds are dead (There are community builds but unsupported by core php developers)
Here is the announcement
Windows users: please mind that we do no longer provide builds created with Visual Studio C++ 6. It is impossible to maintain a high quality and safe build of PHP for Windows using this unmaintained compiler.
For Apache SAPIs (php5_apache2_2.dll), be sure that you use a Visual Studio C++ 9 version of Apache. We recommend the PHP builds as provided by ApacheLounge. For any other SAPI (CLI, FastCGI via mod_fcgi, FastCGI with IIS or other FastCGI capable server), everything works as before.Third party extension providers must rebuild their extensions to make them compatible and loadable with the Visual Studio C++9 builds that we no longer provide.
Nigel Weeks wrote on his blog
A little project I’ve been quietly working on for a few years. This web-deployed accounting system is powered by FreeBSD, Apache, PHP, and the Firebird Database.
It runs brilliantly on Windows and Linux as well.
He is using Firebird + Slackware + Tomcat + Apache , read the full intro on LQ forums
Here is my presentation prepared for Boston Php meeting
An interesting pdf paper about Firebird and Apache+PHP
Spiceware Software wants to give as much support for the development of the Firebird Database Engine as possible, to this end we decided to dedicate our resources in helping with the documentation side of the project. Currently we are busy with a document on how to setup Apache, PHP & Firebird together for development on Windows and Linux. The document is linked below for you to download. Feel free to report errors.
Linux can be of any common Linux distributions, but I prefer CentOS 5, and Firebird RDBMS is FirebirdSS 2.1.1 for Linux.
Since there are too many applications, really too many, to run on FLAP, it is impossible to list them all, or even impossible to list most of
them here, I just list the most commonly used FLAP applications here. If you are running any other FLAP applications, it would be a great
honour for me if I could have them listed/linked here.
In the last post I commented that I had a test-bed application, based on Apache, PHP and Firebird, and once the problem with the images was solved I could finally start doing the actual performance testing/tuning that I originally wanted to do.
The only major changes from the last post is that I’ve now upgraded the database engine to the “Firebird v2.5 Alpha 1” that supports SMP, and that the application now contains more base data in the tables.
The application was a test-bed app that uses the FireBird SQL database to handle sessions and dynamic data, all on the same machine. [Performance Tip :Seems that you need to put KeepAlive Off on apache to server many images and too many clients :If you have more clients than available apache children, KeepAlive settings will hurt overall performance and should be turned off.]
The forum here is created using the phpBB Software, available on phpbb.com. It is a great and free Open Source Solution and since version 3, it has full support for firebird. This installation uses apache 2.0, phpBB 3.01, php 5.21 and firebird 2.1 on windows 2003 server.
If you never installed a WAFP Server (WIndows+Apache+Firebird+PHP) on your windows machine, you can use the IBExpert Installer, which includes a fully functional WAFP installation in the subdirectory \program files\HK-Software\IBExpert\Apache\.
You can activate this simply with using IBExpertWebForms once. Have a look here for a short tutorial: http://ibexpert.biz/ibe/index.php?n=Doc … rtWebForms
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The appliance is based on an unspecified hardware platform from MBX running Gentoo Linux, the Apache web server, PHP scripting, and the open source Firebird SQL database.