Here’s something I have been working on recently:
PHP Caddy is a tiny PHP development environment for Windows, inspired by Laravel Valet.
No hosts file, no configuration, no frills. Just run it and go write some code.
In a world where Homestead and Valet exist, this is a good question. A couple things:
1) Due to the corporate nature of my current job, I work on a PC during the day, so Valet (MacOS only) is not available to me. At home I get to play with Valet, and it makes daytime me very jealous.
2) While as a developer I have slightly higher privileges on my PC than the average bear, I still do not have full administrator privileges and can’t install everything I want, so some of the Valet for Windows alternatives that provide all the dns niceities of Valet are not available to me.
3) Sometimes a virtualized environment like Homestead is a bit (sometimes a lot) slow on Windows.
So, I built this thing. I like it a lot. It runs very fast for me, and makes developing in PHP on Windows a bit more enjoyable. Maybe you’ll like it too.