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Professional Apache [Paperback]

Peter Wainright
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Nov 1999 1861003021 978-1861003027
Professional Apache is the book for anybody who needs to get the most out of the Apache Web Server. If you're thinking of setting up Apache for the first time, or of moving an existing web site to a dedicated server, then this book will help you build the server you want.
It's also full of information on how to add new capabilities to existing servers, like e-commerce, PHP, or server-side Java support.
This book provides you with the author's real-world knowledge of Apache's intricacies and annoyances, including undocumented information gleaned from source-code and experience.

Peter Wainwright's book provides web server administrators and ISPs with the information they need to apply Apache to real world problems, using real examples, without bogging them down in excessive detail about every configuration directive.
The key theme is 'Apache the way you want it' - through extensive examples, this book gives you the information you need to build, configure and extend Apache to suit your requirements.

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  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: WROX Press Ltd (Nov 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861003021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861003027
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 18 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,399,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is the first book to cover Apache versions 1.3.6 and 1.3.9 and the first book to cover them in such an accessible, experience based style.

About the Author

Peter Wainwright is a software consultatnt and developer. He gained most of his early programming experience on Solaris, writing C applications. He then discovered Linux, shortly followed by Perl and Apache, and has been programming happily there ever since.

When he is not developing software or writting professionally, he spends much of his free time pursuing his interest in space tourism and maintianing the ever growing Space Future website at, which is based on a Linux server running Apache, naturally.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Think carefully before buying this book 2 May 2001
I find the good reviews given to this book very puzzling as it one of the most frustrating computer books I own. I dislike this book because it mainly cover the same ground as the online documentation, contains little high level explanation of concepts and is poorly structured.
A good computer book should cover high level concepts and supplement not rewrite the online documentation as think this one does.
A good example of the poor structure is the Configuring Apache chapter the first few sections if this are: 1. Where Apache Looks for its Configuration 2. Per Directory Configuration 3. Conditional Configuration 4. How Apache Structures its Configuration I cannot understand why detail issues such as 2 and 3 are discussed before 4. I think the author and editor of this book should be ashamed of the structure and the enormous number of forward references.
Unfortunately, I do not know of a better Apache book.
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This book makes installing and configuring Apache easy. It's good layout makes it a better read than howto's and man pages. However saying that there is very little in this book that isn't available online if you have the time to look for it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Make this your first choice 6 Jan 2001
By A Customer
If you are looking for something other than the get you up and running documentation found on the web, and want something more helpfull than a list of directives to place in the configuration files this should be your choice. Thankfully the (obligatory?) history of the web and TCP/IP protocols is kept short Starting with the basics this book covers the majority of items you would need. From hosting one domain to mass virtual domains, SSL etc.
It is also nice to see an apache book that makes reference to JServ as well.
To date the Wrox 'Professional' titles have always proved to be a good investment, and this title is no exception.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You need a book like this if you run Apache. 7 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Don't be put off by the title if you're a newcomer to Apache. This book gives a thoroughly readable treatment of what at first seems a bewildering array of server configuration issues.
Well worth the asking price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars so far, an excellent book! 26 Dec 1999
By Robert Nagle - Published on
I compared the three Apache books out there, and thought this (Professional apache) was the most up-to-date and easiest to understand. I'm relatively new to programming, so I haven't gotten into the nuts and bolts of this, but what I've read so far is very helpful. It includes stuff on PHP and maybe a little XML too. Apache Server Bible was good too, but this one seemed to cover more material and was much easier to understand.
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Apache Book 12 May 2000
By R. Krause - Published on
I leafed through both this book and the O'reilly book at a local store just to weight the two before making a buying decision. Professional Apache looked alot more complete and covered alot more than the O'reilly title. In fact this title seems to cover alot more than any other Apache book I have looked through.
I have found the book as being quite easy to read and understand. It also does a really good job at fully explaining the aspect of Apache that the book is talking about in that chapter. As for currency, the latest version of Apache is talks about is 1.3.9
I also did not find the book to be stale, dry reading. It was quite interesting. The book read quite quickly. I went from knowing very little about Apache to feeling quite confident with it in only a couple of days.
All in all, a very good book to have.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Professional Apache 11 April 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on
This is an excellent book that covers just about everything you'll need to know to get the most out of Apache. It's much more accomplished and up to date than the O'Reilly book.
Everything from advanced Apache build options to implementing virtual hosts, cgi and dynamic content (including php3) to performance and monitoring are covered in a detailed yet easy to digest way. There's a good chapter on security which covers authentication as well as server security in good depth.
The author makes little attempt to cover Apache running under Windows, though this is explained in the first chapter. However, if you can get Apache up and running on a Windows machine without help, the book will still be of enormous use.
My only criticism is that Wrox insist on putting moody pictures of their authors on the front cover of their books. Why couldn't he at least smile?
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book! 6 Jan 2001
By Víctor Medina - Published on
Me being a O'Reilly's books fan it is hard to say that this book ir really good, far better than O'Reilly's.
First of all, every chapters starts with a introduction to the specific technology that it will cover, this is a relief when you have to confront to dark and little known configurations, since this gives you a better understanding of what to do. Second, the chapter on security and SSL support is, as far as I can say, the best documentation to get started with. Although, after having gain some confidence with it you should read the Apache docs and the OpenSSL docs for more precise configs Third, the chapters devoted to mod_perl, mod_jserv and XML are just perfect, giving us clear explanations of many configurations for each mod', this gives a choice of how we could work on a big variety of environments and solutions
Over all this is a great book, for beginers and for people who already has some working knowledge on Apache, a great reference book too!
Happy New Year! Friends!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars really outstanding book--highest kudos 14 July 2000
By Robert Nagle - Published on
I bought this book in january and have been reading snippets here and there. things change rapidly with apache (right now I'm working on webdav--which wasn't even released until a month ago for apache). Still, 98% of the book is up to date and the author organizes the material extremely well. I found especially helpful the discussions on installing mod_perl, security and login access. My only complaints are that the book doesn't easily list respective functions of the standard modules on a single page, and that it doesn't list some of the apache offshoots, like apache for java and xml. I know that Oreilley is working on updating their earlier apache book (which wasn't really worth reading anyway), so there's bound to be excellent books about apache coming down the pipe. However, this book has answered every question I have had, and covers things more thoroughly than a web how-to might. Highest recommendations.
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