ZDNet: Opening a Few Windows with PHP
"Let me just say at the outset that I am an avowed Linux user. My servers run Red Hat or SuSE, my home system runs Corel. However, I also have a Windows machine, as do most people. That's a key point: "as do most people." Despite my personal preferences and the crusades of many, Windows still controls market share. This point does not preclude one from learning PHP! - in fact, a great deal of PHP newbies are coming from the Windows world. We all need to recognize and embrace them, dear Linux users - remember, that's one less person using ASP." This is of the wonderful things about PHP: it really is about as close to 100 percent cross-platform as you can get, which is a testament to the Open Source developers who have contributed and keep contributing.
"The intention of this article is not to engage in platform warfare, but to simply inform folks that PHP is not just for Linux. I'll point out some basic differences in development, and things to watch out for, should you develop and test your scripts on Windows, then upload your files to your non-Windows ISP. There really aren't that many, just a few little tweaks here and there."
"This is of the wonderful things about PHP: it really is about as close to 100% cross-platform as you can get, which is a testament to the Open Source developers who have contributed and keep contributing. Windows developers count for a small portion of the PHP Development Team, so if you're a Windows developer and you want to get your feet wet in Open Source development, this would be a great place to pitch in."