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The Definitive Guide to Apache mod_rewrite [Hardcover]

Rich Bowen

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Feb. 7 2006 1590595610 978-1590595619 1

The Apache module mod_rewrite has long inspired fits of joy because it offers an unparalleled toolset for manipulating URLs. The Definitive Guide to Apache mod_rewrite is the first book to tackle the many nuances of this powerful module. It guides readers through configuration and use for a wide variety of purposes, including basic and conditional rewrites, access control, maintaining virtual hosts, and proxying.

Given the highly dynamic and often chaotic state of web site organization, its crucial that URLs be manipulated by the host web server to deal with issues regarding temporarily or permanently relocated resources, prevent attacks by automated worms, and control resource access. This book helps you accomplish those tasks.

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Rich Bowenis a world-recognized expert and member of the Apache Software Foundation. He has authored several books on Apache, and regularly contributes to the Apache Server documentation project.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mod_rewrite explained very well March 22 2006
By deoren - Published on
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When I first came across RewriteRule directives I was mostly horrified. It was only because I was learning about Perl Regular Expressions at the time that I didn't make the sign of a cross at the stuff and just go another direction. But I realized that the power I craved came at a cost.

I admit that I had did the whole "trial and error" thing coupled with scouring the net for examples before I realized having a book would make things so much easier. So I resorted to searching Amazon for mod_rewrite. This is the only book that my search turned up.

I have to say the book was definitely well worth it. The tips about when to NOT use mod_rewrite was very much appreciated. Some of my uses could have been accomplished with a FilesMatch or DirectoryMatch directives instead of a RewriteRule.

The VirtualHosts chapter was useful, as was the Proxy chapter. I didn't realize how useful mod_proxy was until this chapter gave a few good examples.

All in all I'm very satisfied with this book. Because of the short length I was worried that it wouldn't cover the material well enough. However I don't think there is anything I've needed to do with mod_rewrite that this book didn't cover well enough for me to accomplish without another resource.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Definitive" might be stretching it a bit Oct. 10 2007
By HugeStakkaBoFan - Published on
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The freely available online documentation for mod_rewrite is a great deal more "definitive" than this book could ever hope to be, but it's also a great deal more difficult to navigate and read. This book is considerably more human friendly and un-man-page-like, and even if it doesn't contain a specific solution for your particular problem, it will at least point you in the right direction so you have some general idea of where to look in the official docs.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good start March 15 2006
By M. Overweg - Published on
Having only about 140 pages, I wouldn't call this 'The Definitive Guide'. Even though I read it cover to cover and mod_rewrite is a relatively small subject, there are still some unanswered questions.

Still, the book contains easy to read explanations, a quick primer on Regular Expressions, recipes, and - very important - examples of problems that should NOT be solved with mod_rewrite because there is an easier way to do it.

So for those that are no experts yet and thus far had to consult the (not very user-friendly) official documentation on the Apache website, this book is certainly a good introduction.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for programmers AND webmasters! April 29 2008
By Mscott - Published on
This book is perfect for programmers AND webmasters! Before reading this book I had very limited knowledge of what mod rewrite was or how it worked. After I finished it I was able to:

1. Make search engine friendly URLs (dynamically generated by my site) work.

2. Block bad bots and remote file inclusion attempts.

3. Rename pages or move them seamlessly.

I would recommend this book to anyone, it was easy to understand even from the point of view of someone just starting out.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcomed alternative to the obscure official documentation May 30 2006
By Foti Massimo - Published on
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mod_rewrite is a powerful tool, but, unfortunately, it has always been poorly documented and its somewhat arcane syntax makes things even worst. Bowen offers a very welcomed alternative to the obscure official documentation. Be advised a decent understanding of Regular Expressions is required to fully leverage mod_rewrite

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