Well, I do not wanna talk badly about MAMP, but regarding the notion, that this should come preinstalled with MacOS X: it almost is. MacOS contains the Apache server with the php extension (you just have to activate it). The only thing you need to install is MySQL, which can be downloaded for free and comes with an installer.
Therefore I think there is a place for MAMP, but it is not the perfect tool for serious web development. Especially, as I think every web developer should know his tools.
Nevertheless I like tools such as MAMP, as they help newcomers to get started without understanding the all the dependencies.
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