WAMP vs XAMPP pros/cons - for running a local testing server
What are the major pros/cons that can help in deciding which of the two to choose: WAMP vs XAMPP for running a local testing server for WordPress?
PS: I now see Stack Overflow had a discussion about it.
Difference between stacks is mostly in convenience and interface preferences (internals are same anyway), which is matter of personal tastes. I think this choice is subjective.
How about neither? How about Linux + Apache + MySQL + PHP? Yes, subject to opinion :)
Biggest difference - WAMP runs on Windows, XAMPP is multi-platform. Aside from that it's a matter of personal preference. They both provide you with an Apache-MySQL-PHP environment that runs pretty much the same under both systems.
For the record, I've used both ... and they each have their pros and cons. WAMP consumed far more memory than I liked but was pretty stable. XAMPP has an annoing issue working with WP Cron and fopen(), but seems a bit lighter (and I can run it off a USB stick if I want).