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Professional Apache 2.0 [Paperback]

Peter Wainwright , Michael Link , Poornachandra Sarang
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May 2002 Programmer to Programmer
This book is an updated version of Professional Apache, and presents a detailed discussion about version 2 of this popular web server. It gives web server administrators and developers the information they need to apply Apache 2 to real world problems, using real examples, without becoming bogged down in excessive detail about every configuration directive. The key theme of the book is "Apache the way you want it", and reading it will allow you to build, configure, and extend Apache 2 to suit your specific requirements.

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A series of Apache 1.x products got the world through the Internet economy bubble. Now, Apache 2.0 is here for the long-haul work of making Internet businesses profitable over time. Apache 2.0 represents significant improvements in functionality and ease of use, and Professional Apache 2.0 shows you how to capitalize on them. If you've been unable to glean the information you need from the online documentation, or if you want something more substantial than a URL to refer to when there's a problem, you'll be happy to have this book on your reference bookshelf. A lot of what's here is as relevant to older versions of Apache as to version 2.0, and the new stuff gets the in-depth attention it deserves.

The work of Peter Wainwright and his team (Wainwright wrote several of Wrox Press's well-regarded Perl books) is typical of the Wrox approach to subjects. Different people wrote various sections, and they've all been edited into the "guided tour" format (let's try this, then this, and now look at this...). That style works well for teaching and documenting Apache, largely because most of the sections include a balance of explanatory text, command summaries, and configuration file listings. The style seems a bit scattershot from time to time, but it's easy to zero in on what you need via the index. --David Wall

Topics covered: How to set up, use, and adjust the version 2.0 release of Apache Web server. Much of the authorial team's work deals with setting up Apache to minimize security holes and maximize performance, but other sections deal with the ins and outs of new features like IPv6 address management and Multi-Processing Modules (MPMs).

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This book is for anyone who needs to get the most out of the Apache 2 web server. It will show you how to set up Apache 2 for the first time, or how to add new capabilities to existing servers. The author's real world experience will help the reader avoid any pitfalls, and get the Apache server that they want.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners Oct. 24 2002
Moving from the IIS environment to the Unix environment; being fairly computer literate and having become quite familiar with basic Unix administration, I was looking for a good source to get me up to speed on Apache.
This book is not it.
It assumes a fairly detailed basic knowledge which most 'newbies' to the Unix/Apache world just do not have. After I had learnt quite a bit about Apache (from another source) I found this book excelent to tune that knowledge. It is however, as the title 'Professional Apache' suggests, for the Professional Apache administrator. Don't get it to learn about Apache, get it when you already know quite a bit about Apache, and need to learn how to refine that knowledge and need to tweak Apache for maximum performance!
Wainwright is incredibly knowledable, but like many knowledgeable people he forgets that for the average Joe to get from A to Z he has to go via BCDE & F and can't start at UVWX & Y. This is not a criticism of Peter but rather is a criticism of the Wrox editorial staff.
I do feel that the editorial staff could, with a little intelligent effort, have helped Peter create a book that could indeed have become the 'bible' of Apache Administration.
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Apache's HTTP server has been by many measures the most popular web server on the web, and perhaps the primary application that drives people to Linux and open source. Three years ago, Wrox published the definitive book on running the Apache server by Peter Wainwright. Excellent though the book was, it badly needed updating. In May 2002, Wrox published another book, Professional Apache 2.0, which covers the new generation of Apache server, as well as older 1.3x versions that are still running production servers around the world."
Although Apache changed a great deal in its version 2.0, it is a credit to the Apache folk that the config files and command line options have basically remained the same for sys admins. For this reason, the book seems to include a lot of material (CGI security, building, core modules) from the original book. However, a closer look reveals many changes. Almost every chapter includes a discussion about how features differ in both versions of Apache. The book does a good job of giving an overview of Apache's architectural changes and how the use of multi-processing modules (MPM) allow the admin to choose an optimal implementation of apache. This edition, noticeably bigger than the previous one, contains many more examples of how one can extend apache functionality (configuring for binary distribution, setting up virtual interfaces, load sharing). Many sections have been expanded. The discussion of security and SSL is more detailed, yet more succinct; so is the section on content negotiation, (which is twice as long as the previous book), doing proxy server configurations, rsync and benchmarking performance. The discussion on hardening the server was great and up-to-date, although I wish the book spent more time discussing on patching and upgrading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource for Apache administrators July 2 2002
Peter Wainwright has done another fine job of covering the installation, configuration and running of Apache, this
time focussing on version 2.0 of the application.
Much of the material in this book was covered in his previous edition (Professional Apache), though the obvious
emphasis here is on Apache 2.0. However, Apache 1.3 isn't ignored and the book is still useful for anyone using
that version, as well as anyone simply migrating to 2.0.
As before, it starts with a basic overview of the HTTP protocol, TCP/IP and server hardware. These are useful for
beginners, but I'd hope that anyone thinking of running a web server would have this knowledge already.
The section on improving web server security has been expanded into its own chapter and includes plenty of useful
system security and integrity advice not peculiar to web servers, but crucial nonetheless. The chapter on
extending Apache with third-party modules has had an overhaul too, now covering the likes of WebDAV and
mod_python. mod_perl, which has changed drastically for Apache 2.0, is also covered in detail for both versions of
I've recently built an Apache 2.0 server from scratch using nothing but this book, and apart from a couple of
typos I've found it to have covered every step of the way without coming across any errors or omissions (the index
is very good but in the May 2002 print I have some of the entries are one page out). The book is still very
Unix-centric, though there seems to be more specific information for Windows users than in the previous edition.
But then who would run Apache on Windows anyway?
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It was really nice to see this title , especially looking towards the timeframe in which it has covered a latest & hot topic like Apche 2.0
I would like to put 4 stars for it after taking a glance at the whole work done. One should agree on the fact that the coverage is huge.
This is a good *reference* for developers who are deploying their applications "on Apache" , but certainly not for an "Apache developer" !
Putting all the plus points together , I found it a
-Good squence of contents , which maintain the flow with conciseness.
-Covers all the basic-to-intermediate level requirements for the admins with full configuration options,
building , controling contents and maintaining the server.
-A well spanned covergae on all aspects/technologies related to Apache security is a major strength of this title
-Good coverage of all the major topics related to Apache for admin and system architects who are using Apache for
deploying their products like Java using Tomcat,Ruby,PHP,CGI,Perl etc.
-Coverage of topics like Tomcat configuration , WebDAV , What log files DON'T tell you etc. were delighting one.
-Nice to see some very useful info on related points like basics of networking , migrating to IPv6 , hardware choice etc
along with the core subject. They will prove useful for beginners.
But this title certainly deficit in ,
-Detailed underlying execution behavior of Apache, it's modules and the underlying OS.
-Information on mod_jk , AJP and WARP regarding configuration of Tomcat with Apache is very less.
-Little coverage on Apache module development and internals of it.
-Most of the illustarions/illustrative steps are mentioned assuming unix variant OS.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Yuck!!!
This book is overly technically dense and way too thick. And it was on the verge of unreadable. The way Wainwright wrote this book reminded me of the first scene of Ferris... Read more
Published on June 26 2004 by dave yingling
5.0 out of 5 stars The only book for mod_ruby
This book is the only book that describes mod_ruby as far as I know.
You can know various things about mod_ruby from this book. Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2002 by Shugo Maeda
5.0 out of 5 stars The only book for mod_ruby
This book is the only book that describes how to use mod_ruby, as far as I know.
You can know many things abount mod_ruby from this book. Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2002 by Shugo Maeda
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring!
Peter Wainwright and the co-authors combine a vast knowledge of the Apache webserver with the talent to share it to a mixed audience. Read more
Published on July 29 2002 by Arie Kraai
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive
Fisrt of all, covering all of Apache is quite a difficult task. Add to that the need for updated information keeping in pace with release timings. Read more
Published on June 21 2002 by "nobelsoul"
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
This book was quite impressive. This book has helped me set up several Apache 2.0 servers, all in a very short peroid of time. Read more
Published on June 11 2002 by Ogden Nefix
1.0 out of 5 stars Unhappy:(
I am a regular reader of Wrox books (never reviewed any however) and had bought a copy of the first edition of this book and even recommended it to 7 other colleagues. Read more
Published on June 8 2002 by Tim Mairs
2.0 out of 5 stars Another thin Apache 2.0
book.I had earlier read Kabirs Apache 2.0 bible and bought this book expecting to read the chapter on Extending Apache and chapters on forking and threading. Read more
Published on May 30 2002 by Shane Writz
4.0 out of 5 stars Some small flaws but overall a great entry in small field
Books on Apache version 2 are still thin on the ground so finding this was a blessing.
Wainwright has written a good book that starts with the absolute basics and covers... Read more
Published on May 24 2002 by A Williams
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