Headdress for Mac OSX
May 19, 2006 at 11:50 AM
Long time ol buddy Nathan Steiner over at TwinSparc (you may know him from WebGrpahics) tells me that they have just released Headdress for OS X. Now, I know what you are thinking... what a wacky name and oh no not another web 2.0 app. No, you got it all wrong, yes the name is a bit wacky but this is something that's suprisingly handy. If you are like most developers on the Mac out there you probably run a lot of your work through a local web server. Mac OSX comes with a web server but since you can only run one server at time people often are left to putting sites in folders, etc. Headdress solves that problem. even more so it allows you to turn on PHP with a single click, no more PHP setup headaches. It's got a ton more features, but you'll just have to kick the tires and see for yourself.
MAMP, or Mac Apache MySQL PHP, has been around for a number of years under the GNU license. It is free, and it allows you to customize port settings, choose between mysql 4 and 5, and best of all, can be stopped or started with a single click and won't muck up your system native apache config. I haven't tried Headdress but I don't see a need to. http://www.mamp.info/en/home/
I think one of the main points of Headdress is that you can run one copy of the software yet control multiple sites from any folder on your harddrive. I don't think MAMP can do that without multiple copies of MAMP running and I dont think you can specify any existing folder on your harddrive as server root.