session proposal at drupalcon for a pre-built development environment. free. open source. with php debugging. works on MAC, Windows, linux, and solaris.
I'm planning to give the talk at DrupalCamp San Diego, and it has been accepted as talk at SCaLE 7x. It should be pretty polished by the time march rolls around. if you're interested, please check it out and vote: DrupalCon 2009 - Drupal Development in a "to go" box.
It's based on completely free open source tools.
- netbeans IDE (with drupal module development plugin)
- xampp (apache, mysql, php5, xdebug, virtual hosting setup)
- virtual hosting setup that includes multi-site multi-versions of drupal for easy setup & go
- (hopefully) even SVN
I'll have a download available soon. an older version is available here. I am currently working on a slimmed down faster yet more feature rich environment.