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mod_perl Developer's Cookbook [Paperback]

Geoffrey Young , Paul Lindner , Randy Kobes
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Jan. 28 2002 0672322404 978-0672322402 1

mod_perl is a unique piece of software that wholly integrates the power of Perl with the flexibility and stability of the Apache Web server. With mod_perl, developers can harness the power of the full Apache API and develop Web applications quickly and without sacrificing performance.

The mod_perl Developer's Cookbook teaches programming with the mod_perl API by example. The book takes developers from the basics of mod_perl to the development advanced Web applications. Developers will learn tricks, solutions, and mod_perl idioms gleaned from the authors' experience as developers and expert users of mod_perl.

Geoffrey Young is a frequent contributor to the mod_perl community and has written scores of mod_perl handlers, the most useful of which can be found on CPAN.

Paul Lindner manages, designs, and implements mod_perl applications at Critical Path. He is a long-time Internet and open-source developer, and was one of the founders of the Internet Gopher at the University of Minnesota.

Randy Kobes is a professor of physics at the University of Winnipeg who conducts research on chaos and fractals. He used mod_perl to establish a search engine for CPAN.


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Developers searching for solutions to specific problems can use the mod_perl Developer's Cookbook as a
collection of ready-made recipes to be understood and applied to their problems.
Developers searching for continuing mod_perl education will find the book's recipes to be enlightening, well-researched, and broadly applicable.


—Ken Williams

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mod_perl is a unique piece of software that wholly integrates the power of Perl with the flexibility and stability of the Apache Web server. With mod_perl, developers can harness the power of the full Apache API and develop Web applications quickly and without sacrificing performance.

The mod_perl Developer's Cookbook teaches programming with the mod_perl API by example. The book takes developers from the basics of mod_perl to the development advanced Web applications. Developers will learn tricks, solutions, and mod_perl idioms gleaned from the authors' experience as developers and expert users of mod_perl.

Geoffrey Young is a frequent contributor to the mod_perl community and has written scores of mod_perl handlers, the most useful of which can be found on CPAN.

Paul Lindner manages, designs, and implements mod_perl applications at Critical Path. He is a long-time Internet and open-source developer, and was one of the founders of the Internet Gopher at the University of Minnesota.

Randy Kobes is a professor of physics at the University of Winnipeg who conducts research on chaos and fractals. He used mod_perl to establish a search engine for CPAN.


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5.0 out of 5 stars The book mod_perl programmers have been waiting for Sept. 15 2002
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Over the last few years mod_perl has become a serious force in web development. If you're building a web site to run on an Apache server and you want to write the code in Perl, then you're going to want to install mod_perl on your server too as it's the best way to avoid many of the performance issues with traditional CGI. It's taken a while for publishers to wake up to the fact, however, and there haven't been many books in the shops. It looks like this will be the year that this changes. A number of mod_perl books are about to be published and this is the first.
This book uses the popular "cookbook" approach, where the content is broken down into short "recipes" each of which addresses a specific problem. There are almost two hundred of these recipes in the book arranged into chapters which discuss particular areas of mod_perl development. In my opinion the cookbook approach works much better in some chapters than in others.
It's the start of the book where the cookbook approach seems most forced. In chapter 1 problems like "You want to compile and build mod_perl from source on a Unix platform" provide slightly awkward introductions to explainations about obtaining and installing mod_perl on various platforms (kudos to the authors for being up-to-date enough to include OS X in list list). All the information you want is there however, so by the end of the chapter you'll have mod_perl up and running.
Chapter 2 looks at configuration options. It tell you how to get your CGI programs running under mod_perl using the Apache::Registry module which simulates a standard CGI environment so that your CGI programs can run almost unchanged.
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The authors of the "mod_perl Developer's Cookbook" have brought together in one place a collection of "best practices" for dealing with just about every aspect of mod_perl development.
The book begins by covering installation and configuration in such a way that you will avoid potential pitfalls and be able to create a custom built mod_perl enabled Apache web server with ease.
Once you've got your Apache/mod_perl web server up and running, then the authors take you on what amounts to a guided tour of just what mod_perl can do from the basics of understanding the Apache request object and all the "ins and outs" of the mod_perl API, to advanced URI manipulation, custom content creation, and tuning techniques that will make you a "mod_perl hero" among your peers.
After completing your whirlwind guided tour of the mod_perl API, then you get to take mod_perl out for a test ride. The authors explain each phase where mod_perl lets you tie into Apache from the server configuration and startup phase to stepping in at any point in the Apache request cycle.
There's alot here in the cookbook that should lead to a significant surge in effective mod_perl usage. You come away with numerous ideas on how to apply mod_perl to solve your web application needs. The examples are drawn from practical and "real-world" experience, and they don't shy away from getting down to the "nuts and bolts" of even XS programming when that's what is required to get the job done.
When you don't have it open for reference, the "mod_perl Developer's Cookbook" deserves a place on the "Must Have" section of your bookshelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a good mod_perl book March 7 2002
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For years it seems the only good books on mod_perl were the O'Reilly Apache Modules with C book, and the excellent online mod_perl Guide by Stas Bekman (perl.apache.org). Now we have a technical book on mod_perl with examples and useful code for utilizing all of the hooks and handlers that mod_perl offers. It give a good insight into Apache iteself, too.
There's much emphasis placed on optimization and tuning. Code samples are often presented with notes about performance issues. All of the mod_perl handlers and hooks are explored in detail, each has it's own section in the guide. A whole chapter is devoted to performance tuning, and there's a good discussion of OO mod_perl at the end.
Great book all around, it's definitely a help for my current mod_perl and apache programming projects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent single-point reference July 24 2002
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As someone who's been writing code for mod_perl-enabled Apache servers for six years, I can honestly say that this book is one of the best single references on a topic I've seen. Much like the "Perl Cookbook" and "Writing Apache Modules in Perl & C" wrapped into a single volume (with all the recipes tightly focused on mod_perl). I've recommended it to everyone I know who writes for this platform, and it is rarely more than 2-3 feet from my keyboard. Covering the subject as deeply as sub-classing the Apache classes in XS (Perl's layer of glue for writing and linking C code), there's very little about mod_perl you won't find in the book.
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