Ok, let me go into a further explanation and see where we go.
I am using a Adobe Dreamweaver extension called "WP site designer" which requires the installation of XAMPP to be able to run php on the computer while developing a WordPress site. It starts out with a form that collects information such as you would submit on a webhost to install an instance of WordPress and creates a database. The WordPress site, in this case was created, but the database was not. I sent the XAMPP logs for the Apache and Mysql error logs to the extension developer along with the information that the process had created the WordPress site but when I tried to start WordPress the message said that the database did not exist. They said the mysql error log indicated that there was problem with xampp in creating the database and that I should send the contents of the error log here. I did call up phpmyadmin to veryify that the database was not created.
Here is the error message after I tried to create Wordpress and database
Can’t select database
We were able to connect to the database server (which means your username and password is okay) but not able to select the wp-1 database.
Are you sure it exists?
Does the user root have permission to use the wp-1 database?
On some systems the name of your database is prefixed with your username, so it would be likeusername_wp-1. Could that be the problem?
So where do I go from here?