really disappointed with database starterkit, but for the bucks I guess it wasn't too bad.
but I have to tell you, I posted a question in another part of the forum and a person mentioned david powers, I bought his books php solutions and dreamweaver cs4 with css, ajaz, and php. incredible stuff, especially the new php soluitions.
Mysql is a snap to install and get ready (now creating tables and even using gui tools or phpMyAdmin, is another thing. oddly enough I think my experience with linux makes me feel more at home running mysql command line...I AM NOT A CODE MONKEY, just an end user who prefers linux for personal use) and oddly enough, the new php executable for win works better than the instructions in his book, but there are updates at friends of ed for those chapters which deals with the php executable for win and the adjustments you have to make...not really his fault, just I think adjustments to the configuration of mysql and php which took place most likely after the book went to press.
have to admit though I am really leaning towards setting my linux box as the testing server over a local network rather than the localhost option, gives me the experience.
I think really you should install each package individually, it would really help you out...when the time comes to run on your host's servers. matter of fact once I was finished I had a plethora of CMS' running on my localhost testing each one out...took me about an hour's reading, and googling everything prior to reading the book just succeeded in giving me a headache!