Best localhost servers for php
Is there an aternative to xampp
WAMP is my favourite: http://www.wampserver.com/en/
Selfconfigured set of Apache or nginx or Apache with nginx together, MySQL/MariaDB or PostgreSQL or some NoSQL "solution"/software and PHP itself. It's like those software packs but with your control of (above) it.
I prefer using xampp, many developers use it
When I started writing the codes I used Xampp. It's easy. But now I'am using my build. Debian + Mysql + Apache/nginx + PHP. You can improve or change any component at any time.