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Professional Apache [Paperback]

Peter Wainwright
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November 1999 Professional
Professional Apache is the book for anybody who needs to get the most out of the Apache Web Server. If you're thinking of setting up Apache for the first time, or of moving an existing web site to a dedicated server, then this book will help you build the server you want.
It's also full of information on how to add new capabilities to existing servers, like e-commerce, PHP, or server-side Java support.
This book provides you with the author's real-world knowledge of Apache's intricacies and annoyances, including undocumented information gleaned from source-code and experience.

Peter Wainwright's book provides web server administrators and ISPs with the information they need to apply Apache to real world problems, using real examples, without bogging them down in excessive detail about every configuration directive.
The key theme is 'Apache the way you want it' - through extensive examples, this book gives you the information you need to build, configure and extend Apache to suit your requirements.


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With comprehensive coverage of the many issues a Web server administrator faces, Professional Apache is a terrific resource for those looking to implement the popular open-source Web server. This title covers installation, configuration, and customization of the Apache Web server.

Apache devotee Peter Wainwright dishes up plenty of tips for making the most of Apache. He begins with a couple of introductory chapters that cover some of the basic networking concepts of the Internet and an overview of the Apache server. Readers who have experience with other Web servers should be able to get up to speed with Apache here without a problem.

The text covers the various configuration files that determine Apache's personality, illustrating how to achieve particular goals with small snippets of code. The author goes far beyond this, however, using examples of how to configure Apache to manage multiple sites, monitor the server's performance, apply security, and extend the product with several third-party add-on modules.

There aren't any fluffy elements to this book's format. It is entirely composed of detailed information that is most often presented in short, easily digestible chunks with meaningful headings, and it finishes off with a series of appendices that include a number of critical lists such as available modules and directives. Professional Apache is a very useful administration tool, indeed. --Stephen W. Plain

Topics covered: TCP/IP and HTTP overview, installation and build procedures, server configuration, aliases, redirection, CGI implementation, virtual hosting, performance optimization, security, mod_perl, PHP, and Jserv.

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This is the first book to cover Apache versions 1.3.6 and 1.3.9 and the first book to cover them in such an accessible, experience based style.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Reference to Have On Hand July 27 2002
Format:Paperback
Wow, I'm shocked to see some negative reviews here for a book that I've come to rely on all the time! Maybe it's not for everybody, but as someone who works with various installations of Apache every day, I value it as an in depth reference manual.
Apache is such a monster of an application and can be configured in so many ways that it's not always easy to see how things are working. When I come across a configuration option I haven't worked with before, this book does a great job of explaining it in a language I can understand. It always starts off by saying _WHY_ you'd want to use a particular option, and is clear about pointing out when it might be better to use a different methodology.
The chapter on content negotiation is particularly good, and made me a huge fan of ModRewrite. I was looking for a simple way to serve up dynamic PHP CGI content through URLs that looked static (so search engines could easily spider the whole site). This chapter outlined many different approaches to this sort of task and carefully weighed the trade offs inherent in each. After reading it I felt that I had made an informed decision based on the particular needs and constraints of that project.
As with any printed book about web technologies, some of it may be out of date. Note that the author has written a newer book on Apache 2.0 which probably has more recent information regarding related technologies like PHP, Perl, etc. Still, there's going to be a lot of 1.X servers out there for quite a while so this book probably won't be collecting dust on my shelf anytime soon...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Reference to Have On Hand July 27 2002
Format:Paperback
Wow, I'm shocked to see some negative reviews here for a book that I've come to rely on all the time! Maybe it's not for everybody, but as someone who works with various installations of Apache every day, I value it as an in depth reference manual.
Apache is such a monster of an application and can be configured in so many ways that it's not always easy to see how things are working. When I come across a configuration option I haven't worked with before, this book does a great job of explaining it in a language I can understand. It always starts off by saying _WHY_ you'd want to use a particular option, and is clear about pointing out when it might be better to use a different methodology.
The chapter on content negotiation is particularly good, and made me a huge fan of ModRewrite. I was looking for a simple way to serve up dynamic PHP CGI content through URLs that looked static (so search engines could easily spider the whole site). This chapter outlined many different approaches to this sort of task and carefully weighed the trade offs inherent in each. After reading it I felt that I had made an informed decision based on the particular needs and constraints of that project.
As with any printed book about web technologies, some of it may be out of date. Note that the author has written a newer book on Apache 2.0 which probably has more recent information regarding related technologies like PHP, Perl, etc. Still, there's going to be a lot of 1.X servers out there for quite a while so this book probably won't be collecting dust on my shelf anytime soon...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the alternatives July 1 2001
Format:Paperback
This book is the best book covering Apache that I have seen, and this is after comparing this to Apache: The Definitive Guide by O'Reilly Press. To be honest, most of the books out there on Apache give a thorough and adequate run-through of the features and use of the Apache Server. What set this book apart for me was its careful attention to the configuration/installation process- one of the most frustrating aspects of running Apache, especially for Linux users. In particular, it explains in-depth the options and methods for adding modules to the Apache server, including fleshing out the different ways of implementing the modules. For example, the author shows how to compile Apache with statically linked modules, to do the same dynamically, and to do a combination of the two. This really hits home when you are trying to run Apache with third-party modules such as mod_perl, PHP, mySQL, and Jakarta, for example. Online documentation and even documentation from other books may describe how to implement these individually, but seldom take into account the scenario where one wants to run many or all of them. I strongly recommend this book, especially if you are a serious linux user who is tired of searching the internet for out-of-context messages on Apache configuration problems.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book! Jan. 5 2001
Format:Paperback
Me being a O'Reilly's books fan it is hard to say that this book ir really good, far better than O'Reilly's.
First of all, every chapters starts with a introduction to the specific technology that it will cover, this is a relief when you have to confront to dark and little known configurations, since this gives you a better understanding of what to do. Second, the chapter on security and SSL support is, as far as I can say, the best documentation to get started with. Although, after having gain some confidence with it you should read the Apache docs and the OpenSSL docs for more precise configs Third, the chapters devoted to mod_perl, mod_jserv and XML are just perfect, giving us clear explanations of many configurations for each mod', this gives a choice of how we could work on a big variety of environments and solutions
Over all this is a great book, for beginers and for people who already has some working knowledge on Apache, a great reference book too!
Happy New Year! Friends!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference
I bought this book in August 2001 and I still keep it close at hand. It has paid for itself over and over again. Most times I wonder how can I do "?" in apace? Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2002 by Ahbaid Gaffoor
1.0 out of 5 stars This book is terrible
This book is absolutely terrible. This is merely a reference of all the options you can configure for apache and by no means helps a user through the examples. Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Oldish by now, sorry to say
As good as it may look at first there are problems under the surface. The book is printed in 2000 meaning that PHP installation is out of date, for instance. Read more
Published on April 23 2002 by "karvonen"
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless book
It is a completely useless book. The topics are described superficially. The examples are very simple, doesn't treat the really important and serious problems. Read more
Published on March 23 2002 by Zsombor Zsuffa
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book - well worth the price in my experience
I'm not going to go into detail, but suffice to say that I've been using Apache for years and when it came time to do more sophisticated configurations, this book proved very... Read more
Published on Dec 13 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars nicely done
This book doesn't waste much time spoon feeding people. I love it. When Peter starts a topic, he explores it completely and IN DETAIL.
Nice work.
Published on Nov. 28 2001 by Richard Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Apache book I have ever seen
This is really a great book for people who are interest in web hosting. Even I'm 15, I still can read it smoothly and say "Ok, I got it" after I read.
Published on May 25 2001 by Andy Yip
2.0 out of 5 stars Think very hard before buying this book
I find the good reviews given to this book very puzzling as it one of the most frustrating computer books I own. Read more
Published on May 2 2001 by MR D J CRAWFORD
5.0 out of 5 stars Overall, a great book on Apache
I liked this book. It was practical and it told me everything I needed to know about the internals and how to setup apache in general. Read more
Published on May 1 2001 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book about Apache!
The author was extremely objective and it explains with details the whole operation of the Apache. A book that should be kept to serve as reference.
Published on Feb. 17 2001 by Guilherme S Cantisano
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