Apache Cookbook Paperback – Nov 28 2003
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"The range of recipes is excellent, covering ust about every task you'd be likely to throw at Apache, from complex redirects to performance tweaking and error handling... Apached Cookbook offers a pleasant, highly usable guide which should ensure the smooth, successful running of many a website" - Martin Howse, Linux User & Developer
About the Author
Ken Coar is a member of the Apache Software Foundation, the body that oversees Apache development. He is the author of Apache Server for Dummies (January 1998) and co-author of Apache Server Unleashed (March 2000). Ken has been responsible for fielding email sent to the Apache project, and his experience with that mailing list provided a foundation for this book.
Rich Bowen is a member of the Apache Software Foundation, working primarily on the documentation for the Apache Web Server. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky, where he spends his free time GeoCaching. He also enjoys flying kites and reading stuff by Charles Dickens and his contemporaries. Rich is a coauthor of Apache Administrators Handbook and Apache Cookbook. Rich, or DrBacchus--his handle on IRC--also spends entirely too much time on #apache. You can find him on the web at http://www.drbacchus.com/journal/.
Top Customer Reviews
The book has twelve chapters, covering everything from installation and adding modules through to proxies and performance. The chapter on security is the largest, it covers the topics well. By contrast I thought the chapter 'Aliases, Redirection and Rewriting' too short and could have benefited from some more 'recipes', but that may be due to my own bias - mod_rewrite is not an easy topic, and as I've said it causes me a great deal of grief.
It is laid out in a similar way to the Perl Cookbook: each recipe has a 'Problem' section followed by a 'Solution' and then 'Discussion.' In almost all the 'recipes' the 'Discussion' is longer than the 'Solution,' and I often found it far more useful and informative than the problem and its solution.
The Apache Cookbook covers almost all aspects and all parts of the learning curve for Apache. That will either be a strength or a weakness of this volume for you; with such a large and complex piece of software as Apache a single book cannot hope to cover it in a great deal of depth.Read more ›
This book is a collection of problems and solutions to those problems regarding the customization of Apache after it has been installed. Situations such as restricting access to files, installing SSL, dealing with passwords, working with URLs, security issues, logging events and error handling are examined. Each entry starts with the statement of the problem, the command(s) or code to effect a solution and an explanation of the problem and why the commands are a solution. Pointers to additional information such as books and web sites are also listed at the end of each entry. Where applicable, differences between versions 1.3 and 2.0 are described.
Obviously, not every problem that can arise when Apache is running can be covered in a book of 223 pages. Nevertheless, the authors have put together a very valuable collection of over 100 of the most common problems encountered by Apache system administrators. If you are tasked with keeping an Apache server up and serving, then this is a book that you must have. It will also help alleviate the logical reservations you may have about relying on open source software.
This book gives you a good grounding in both installing and running it, even if you have never run a website before. Those of you who used earlier versions may recall various installation shell scripts. At one point, these only ran on unix platforms. But this book makes clear in the first chapter that this is no longer true. An installation wizard gives you an easy walkthrough. Plus you can now install it on Microsoft Windows.
So given that Apache is free, shouldn't you already be using it? If you have only static content, or dynamic content that is restricted to the traditional cgi or the newer perl or PHP, then the book's sections on those show full functionality.
Remember too the other advantage cited in the book. Apache is extensible. So if you have a simple need that can be met by tweaking the existing source, you can do it yourself, instead of asking a vendor and waiting [and paying]. Plus, if Apache itself has a bug that you cannot fix, you know there will be many developers on the net who will do this, and quickly, because so many of us depend on Apache.
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The only caveat is when you should NOT use Apache [and this book]. Naturally, the book does not go into this, so let me help you. If you will be using EJBs, Java Server Pages or transactions, then this is higher level logic that, as far as I know, Apache does not currently handle. Instead, you should opt for J2EE web servers provided by jBoss, Sun, IBM, BEA or Oracle. Likewise if you have .NET/C# dynamic content. I am not sure that Apache can handle these yet, so you should stick with Microsoft's server.
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As Cookbooks go, this on is fairly decent, although thinner than I expected. There are enough examples in this book to cover pretty much everything you might need to do with... Read morePublished on April 28 2004 by Eugene Mah
Yeah, Apache has thorough documentation at apache.org, and yeah, after 6 or 7 years I've learned a lot by reading through Apache's conf files. Read morePublished on March 14 2004 by Tom H
On a similar note, I have the book, and have found it very useful at work over the past few weeks as some of our servers have been migrated from apache 1.3 to 2. Read morePublished on March 8 2004 by John Beimler
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