This guide to turbo-charging the Web is primarily geared toward system administrators; however, Web developers can also learn much about the proper--and improper--use of caching their pages. The book begins with excellent chapters on the big picture of how Web caching works, including the various types of caches, hit measurements, validation, and cache refreshing. Before turning to this guide's core focus--designing and implementing caching--the author spends a chapter to explore the political issues surrounding the technology such as privacy, content distribution and copyrights.
Both client and server configurations are considered and the benefits of Netscape and Microsoft implementations are explored. The journey through the efficient travels of Web requests is fascinating as you learn about proxies, intercache protocols, cache hierarchies and benchmarking methodologies for measuring the efficiency of your solutions. Dishing up requests elegantly is a nontrivial task on today's Web, but this no-nonsense book is a great help toward that goal. --Stephen W Plain
If you are looking for a configuration for the Squid Proxy Server, this is not the book for you; if you are looking for an insightful examination of the concepts, configurations... Read morePublished on Dec 29 2001 by spierzchala
In my opinion, this book's intended audience is for either a network/web administrator, or it's for a technical support engineer who supports networks or web sites.
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