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I am wanting to install the MongoDB PHP extension for Windows for my Dev server to play around with it.

Looking at the PHP manual for "Installing on Windows" it has a list of Downloads, they basically list Non-Thread-Safe Mongo extension and Thread-Safe Mongo extension

Without getting too technical, which version should I use, or more importantly, what would be used to decide which version to use?

I will only be using this Windows version on my Dev server, if I ever use MongoDB in a live environment it will likely be ran on a Linux box. If it matters my Dev server is running Windows 7 x64

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closed as off topic by John Gardeniers, Ward, Scott Pack, sysadmin1138 Sep 25 '12 at 3:03

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Which to install really depends on just what you will be working on and in the vast majority of cases it really doesn't matter. However, if you believe the final target will be a Linux box I strongly recommend you develop on that platform from the start. This is most easily achieved by using Virtualbox, or similar and running the Linux distro of your choice. Developing on a different platform to the target has a nasty track record of resulting in bugs.

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Well, "resulting in more bugs than otherwise," to be pedantic and technical about it. – HopelessN00b Sep 11 '12 at 23:07
@HoplessN00b, fair call. :) – John Gardeniers Sep 11 '12 at 23:09

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