For anyone who doesn’t know, Zend Core is a new solution for PHP developers as of 2008.
Prior to this all we had were solutions like XAMPP, WAMP, with a surprising number of others still pursuing the hard way. Personally, I’ve been relying on XAMPP Lite and the good people at Apache Friends to provide me with timely updates and seamless upgrade paths between versions for the better part of 3 years. I have to admit, it was hard to part, but there are clear benefits to making the transition.
Very frustrating! With XAMPP Lite 1.6.8 on Windows XP SP3, I could get Magento 184.108.40.206 to work but Apache would crash randomly every 3-5 minutes triggered by new page loads or refreshes. Upgrading to Magento 220.127.116.11 and then 1.2.1 didn’t help. Upgrading to XAMPP Lite 1.7.0 made it worse because Apache would crash on every page load, finally making it impossible to work with. That’s when I realized these types of problems were known issues between Magento and XAMPP.