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mod_perl Developer's Cookbook Paperback – Jan 28 2002
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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.
From the Back Cover
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.
Themod_perl Developer's Cookbookteaches 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 Youngis 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 Lindnermanages, 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 Kobesis 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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
This book hits the nail on the head. Excellent technical information, much much much more than your typical book that is just regurgitated man(1) pages. Read morePublished on July 20 2002 by Brian
This book is terrific! We were having problems with mod_perl memory usage and performance with our new website. This book gave us great ideas on how to implement startup. Read morePublished on July 17 2002 by Jeff Vendetti
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