The Definitive Guide to Apache mod_rewrite Hardcover – Feb 8 2006
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About the Author
Rich Bowen is a world-recognized expert on the Apache Software Foundation, and is a member of the Apache Software Foundation. He’s the author of several books on the topic, and is a regular contributor to the Apache Server documentation project.
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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.
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.
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.
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