How to tutorial or link to one please.
MAMP is a large download. Also, something a little more manual would be nice.
MAMP (Macintosh, Apache, Mysql and PHP) is probably the easiest way to get up and running.
Here is a MAMP video tutorial which goes through the setup and configuration of MAMP.
Personally, I use Zend Server Community Edition for either windows or mac. Its packaged nicely and runs in its own directories.