I want to start a home-brew pet project in PHP.
I've spent some time in my life developing in PHP and I've always felt it was hard to organize the development environment efficiently.
In my previous PHP work, I've used a windows desktop machine and a linux server for development.
This configuration had it's advantages: it's easy to configure Apache (and it's modules)/PHP/MySql on a linux box, and, at the time, this configuration was the same like on production server.
However, I never successfully set up a debug connection between my Eclipse install and X-debug on server. Transferring files from my local workspace to the server was also very annoying (either ftp or Bazaar script moving files from repository to web root).
For my new setup, I'm considering installing everything on my local machine. I'm afraid that it will slow down workstation performance (LAMP + Eclipse), and that compatibility problems will kick-in.
What would you recommend? Should I develop using two separate machines? On one? Do you have experience using one of above configurations in your work?