I am currently experimenting with the Zend Framework, using XAMPP on a Windows laptop and following Rob Allen's excellent tutorial. With a default installation of XAMPP, you get a nasty
Error 500 whenever you test your system. This is because XAMPP doesn't enable the Apache mod_rewrite extension by default. So here's how to do it. Find the Apache configuration file, called httpd.conf, which on my install is in C:\xampp\apache\conf and uncomment the following line:
LoadModule rewrite_module modules/mod_rewrite.so
Restart XAMPP and it should all work.