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Setting up LAMP: Getting Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP Working Together (Transcend Technique) [Paperback]

Eric Rosebrock , Eric Filson
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20 Aug 2004 0782143377 978-0782143379 1
You could think of Setting Up LAMP as four books in one, but it′s actually something much more valuable: a single volume that presents the open–source technologies known collectively as LAMP—Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP—as tightly dovetailed components of today′s most affordable and effective platform for building dynamic web–based applications. Each technology has uses outside of this context, of course, but within it they form something greater than the sum of their parts. This book shows you how to take full advantage of this power, walking you through all the steps required to lay your Linux foundation, install and configure your Apache web server, and then begin using PHP to access content stored in MySQL. Here are a few of the specific topics you′ll find covered inside: Installing and configuring qmail with support for IMAP, POP3, SMTP, virtual domains, spam filtering, and antivirus Managing system users and groups Configuring your network Creating a custom firewall script using IP tables Recognizing when a system is in distress Handling MySQL database replication Configuring virtual domains Writing a basic PHP script that integrates with MySQL If you′re new to all of this, you′ll quickly get to where you need to be to start developing and deploying the higher–level pieces of your web application. Even if you have experience with one or all of these technologies, this book—including its quick–start installation appendix—is a resource you′ll want close by whenever you′re setting up or fine–tuning your LAMP system.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (20 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0782143377
  • ISBN-13: 978-0782143379
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 18.6 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 712,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You could think of Setting Up LAMP as four books in one, but it′sactually something much more valuable: a single volume that presents theopen–source technologies known collectively as LAMP— Linux, Apache, MySQL,and PHP—as tightly dovetailed components of today’s most affordableand effective platform for building dynamic web–based applications. Eachtechnology has uses outside of this context, of course, but within it they formsomething greater than the sum of their parts. This book shows you how to takefull advantage of this power, walking you through all the steps required to layyour Linux foundation, install and configure your Apache web server, and thenbegin using PHP to access content stored in MySQL. Here are a few of the specifictopics you’ll find covered inside: Installing andconfiguring qmail with support for IMAP, POP3, SMTP, virtual domains, spamfiltering, and antivirus Managing system users and groups Configuringyour network Creating a custom firewall script using IPtables Recognizing when a system is in distress Handling MySQL databasereplication Configuring virtual domains Writing a basic PHP script thatintegrates with MySQL If you′re new to all of this, you′ll quickly getto where you need to be to start developing and deploying the higher–level piecesof your web application. Even if you have experience with one or all of thesetechnologies, this book—including its quick–start installationappendix—is a resource you’ll want close by whenever you’re setting up or fine–tuning your LAMP system.

About the Author

Eric Rosebrook is the lead developer and owner of PHP Freaks (www.phpfreaks.com), Linux Forum (www.linuxforum.com), Apache Freaks (www.apachefreaks.com), and MySQL Freaks (www.mysqlfreaks.com), communities of developers helping one another learn and troubleshoot open–source solutions. He has been developing websites for a decade, relying heavily on HTML, ASP, JSP, JavaScript, ColdFusion, Perl and PHP. He is the author of Creating Interactive Websites with PHP and Web Services (Sybex, 2004).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Its Great !!!! 15 Jan 2007
Format:Paperback
If you are looking for the absolute start point to go to the Linux Web Server world, then buy this book now.

I am a Microsoft systems administrator, used to manage enterprise networks using Microsoft Windows servers and familiar with ASP.Net and IIS technology for building Web Servers in Microsoft approach. I was looking for a book that shows the easiest and shortest way to start using Linux as a Web Server. I was so happy to introduce myself to the LAMP technology. This book is PERFECT if you know nothing about LAMP (linux + Apache + MySQL + PHP), and would like to know the step-by-step approach to it, far away from Microsoft.

Believe me, just buy this book, and start it, and in just a few days you will find yourself managing Linux servers, (adding users and groups, give permissions for users etc) as well as to be able to build your first Web Server using LAMP technology.

I bought this book a few days ago, and now I regret the time of my life that I spent on Microsoft stuff while there is in the world such a great technology called: LAMP!!!

YOu will never imagine how its just 375 pages, but will open all the doors of LAMP infront of you.

I should say many thanks for Eric Rosebrock and Eric Filson for their efforts to write this book.

However, my only concern is that this book needs to be updated to the latest versions of LAMP. It uses Linux Fedora Code 2, Apache 1.3 and PHP 4 - I just think if it was newer then it would be more interesting. But, this isn't a big issue for you if you want to understand how LAMP works anyway if you know nothing about any of these four titles of LAMP (Linux + Apache + MySQL + PHP). --- Thays why I gave 4 starts!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction but disappointing overall 7 Jun 2007
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Mr A. Moosa the first reviewer of this book is clearly in the pocket of the author. 'Setting up Lamp' is a very basic introduction into the 'concepts' of Linux, Apache, MSQL and PHP. Nothing more than a basic introduction to each concept and how to install them using Redhat linux. That's it. Nothing to do with them working together and no use of real work examples, in fact this book should be split into four separate leaflets offering a well written introduction to each. I feel the author promised his editor 350 pages on Lamp, after coming up with 20, decided to fill the rest with descriptions of Apache directives and the contents of .ini files which is material clearly for reference books and was almost certainly copied verbatim from the Internet.

This book will leave you feeling disappointed and cheated. My tip would be to download UBUNTU and go through the automatic LAMP installation. Then purchase a book specific to each of the L.A.M.P technologies.
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3.0 out of 5 stars For techies 25 Mar 2014
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The book is extremely comprehensive an d not for someone who simply wants set of easy instructions to install a LAMP server. There are one click scripts available which for a non-techie would be prefereble
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read, but room for improvement 7 Sep 2005
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This book was most certainly an easy read, giving step-by-step explanations and instructions for setting up LAMP, that is no where near as intimidating as all the other resources out there. I was quite pleased with it! As you can see by the other reviews, this book has hit the mark!

However, my complaint about the book is that since it is geared more towards newbies to the Linux world, the step-by-step instructions are not completely accurate. Those that follow the book word-for-word will find themselves stuck unless they have a basic working knowledge of Unix/Linux, or know someone that does.

This book uses Fedora as the linux-distribution.

Despite my one complaint, this is one of the easier to read books out there, and I would recommend for anyone new to the Linux world wanting to set up a web server.

Edit (9/27/05): If you prefer to take an easier route than this guide, search google for apachefriends.org or XAMPP. This book will teach you different processes, and go through reasons why certain things are done. While the information is useful, if you do not wish to go that in-depth into the subject, and just get a webserver up quickly, try this method. You will not learn all the intricate step-by-step procedures this book will teach you, but you should have LAMP set up within 10 minutes. Hope this information helps! :)
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A valuable book for setting up a web and e-mail server 19 Sep 2004
By Kurt Jung - Published on Amazon.com
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Linux, qmail, PHP, MySQL and Apache form a rewarding and rock-solid combination. Authors Rosebrock and Filson and the good folk at Sybex deserve accolades for conceiving a book directed at just this combination and bringing it to press.

The distinctive feature of this book is just how readable it is. A myriad choices exist when it comes to Linux distributions and server applications for e-mail, database, web and server-side scripting. In each case, the authors summarize the alternatives and, with focused and generally unarguable judgment, choose the one they consider to be best. Without looking back, they then proceed to guide the reader through its essential installation and maintenance. It is clear they strive to make a system that is well integrated. An example of this is their decision to cover Apache 1.3 rather than Apache 2.0. Although they clearly like what they see in the newer branch, for reasons of interoperability with PHP they select Apache 1.3 for their book.

Rosebrock and Filson serve as trustworthy mentors in the whole process of getting a complete installation up and running. They clearly teach from experience and with an appreciation of the frustrations beginning administrators may face. For example, while admitting the vi editor's power, they have the reader use the friendlier editor pico for basic editing.

In addition to covering the main server applications, this book provides a cursory introduction to auxiliary programs like the various MySQL and qmail utilities. A number of network tools such as nmap and traceroute are given quick overviews. For my part, I think the book should contain more discussion of the secure shell client and server and the process of creating and maintaining public and private keys.

"Setting up LAMP" is a well-written, well-targeted book. May it serve as a guide to a whole new generation of administrators who wish to build a complete, fast and robust web and mail server.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good information but outdated 12 July 2007
By terlynn4 - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was probably great a couple of years ago. It has great step-by-step instructions, and it walks you through things in a very detailed manner.

However, since the versions of all software (and the OS) used in the book have been updated at least a few times since 2004, I ran into several issues. Maybe 10% of all the links are accurate (which you need to install the .rpm files in the way the book tells you to), and when you do find the updated versions of everything, some of the commands the book gives you produce errors. Since the instructions probably worked correctly in 2004, there is no information on what those errors mean or how to fix them.

In short, I'm setting this book aside to find something more recent, and reloading the system I was using to test this with. If you do not have prior experience and a good understanding of how all of these programs work and how to troubleshoot their errors, I would recommend finding a more up-to-date book.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book - got everything working (took a while) 29 Dec 2005
By Jim Bowden - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've been working on getting my RedHat Fedora 3 working with LAMP. Finally I sat down and spent some dedicated time with this book and got it working.

apache: apache_1.3.33

mysql: 5.0.2-alpha

php-5.1.1

This is my environment I setup and it worked! Good step by step instructions and the quick reference steps in the back of the book were excellent.

Highly recommend.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars setting up lamp 23 Jun 2008
By Pragmatic - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
At the moment, don't buy this book. The reason: what is otherwise an excellent book cannot be followed, because the essential steps it takes you through require resources that are not available - ie. the web resources no longer exist. Time is money, and after spending another long day yesterday, running into one dead end after another, one failed work around after another, this book has cost me lots, and I've not achieved anywhere near Setting Up Lamp. The authors/publisher could correct this easily enough, by providing the info on their website. If these issues are corrected, the book is likely to rate differently. Until that time, invest elsewhere.
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