This is more of a simple note to self. But after setting up a fresh computer, all of those fuzzy little bits about getting MAMMP to work perfectly slip my mind.
The one thing that can be a little confusing with MAMP is the multiple config locations.
For example, I am running PHP 7.1.8 and generally, I update both config files to prevent any confusion.
The fastest way to test this is to use
var_dump(), you should see a much nicer output.
The other way to confirm its working is to look at you
phpinfo() and search for Xdebug.