This week a colleague needed to work from home to finish up some code for our new internal site launch next week. Unfortunately, since we develop on Linux at work, and he uses windows at home, this wasn't such a smooth process of getting the files to render correctly on the Windows platform. He was using Xampp which doesn't come pre configured with quite a few components we use to keep our site running fast and stable. One of these programs was Memcache; a distributed memory object caching system. Below I will show you the steps I took to get Memcache working on windows with the latest version of Xampp (1.7.4 at the time of writing).
Today I decided to link up some servers so I could develop faster and they would be almost identical. Unfortunately, symbolic links aren't straight forward to create on windows, so I did a little research. Turns out you have two options. First of all you can do it via the command link, using the mklink command, or you can install a program called Link Shell Extension. Both options are quite simple and do the same thing, however Link Shell Extension offers more options such as hard link cloning and copying. I've only tested this on Windows 7, so let me know if you have problems with it using other platforms. For reference, you can use the command line way of doing this, by using the following code: