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Professional Apache Paperback – 1 Nov 1999

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Product details

  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: WROX Press Ltd; 01 edition (Nov. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861003021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861003027
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.3 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,329,859 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.

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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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Format: Paperback
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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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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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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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 28 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Professional Apache 11 April 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Reference to Have On Hand 27 July 2002
By Doug Anarino - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Wow, I'm shocked to see some negative reviews here for a book that I've come to rely on all the time! Maybe it's not for everybody, but as someone who works with various installations of Apache every day, I value it as an in depth reference manual.
Apache is such a monster of an application and can be configured in so many ways that it's not always easy to see how things are working. When I come across a configuration option I haven't worked with before, this book does a great job of explaining it in a language I can understand. It always starts off by saying _WHY_ you'd want to use a particular option, and is clear about pointing out when it might be better to use a different methodology.
The chapter on content negotiation is particularly good, and made me a huge fan of ModRewrite. I was looking for a simple way to serve up dynamic PHP CGI content through URLs that looked static (so search engines could easily spider the whole site). This chapter outlined many different approaches to this sort of task and carefully weighed the trade offs inherent in each. After reading it I felt that I had made an informed decision based on the particular needs and constraints of that project.
As with any printed book about web technologies, some of it may be out of date. Note that the author has written a newer book on Apache 2.0 which probably has more recent information regarding related technologies like PHP, Perl, etc. Still, there's going to be a lot of 1.X servers out there for quite a while so this book probably won't be collecting dust on my shelf anytime soon...
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Reference to Have On Hand 27 July 2002
By Doug Anarino - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Wow, I'm shocked to see some negative reviews here for a book that I've come to rely on all the time! Maybe it's not for everybody, but as someone who works with various installations of Apache every day, I value it as an in depth reference manual.
Apache is such a monster of an application and can be configured in so many ways that it's not always easy to see how things are working. When I come across a configuration option I haven't worked with before, this book does a great job of explaining it in a language I can understand. It always starts off by saying _WHY_ you'd want to use a particular option, and is clear about pointing out when it might be better to use a different methodology.
The chapter on content negotiation is particularly good, and made me a huge fan of ModRewrite. I was looking for a simple way to serve up dynamic PHP CGI content through URLs that looked static (so search engines could easily spider the whole site). This chapter outlined many different approaches to this sort of task and carefully weighed the trade offs inherent in each. After reading it I felt that I had made an informed decision based on the particular needs and constraints of that project.
As with any printed book about web technologies, some of it may be out of date. Note that the author has written a newer book on Apache 2.0 which probably has more recent information regarding related technologies like PHP, Perl, etc. Still, there's going to be a lot of 1.X servers out there for quite a while so this book probably won't be collecting dust on my shelf anytime soon...
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the alternatives 2 July 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is the best book covering Apache that I have seen, and this is after comparing this to Apache: The Definitive Guide by O'Reilly Press. To be honest, most of the books out there on Apache give a thorough and adequate run-through of the features and use of the Apache Server. What set this book apart for me was its careful attention to the configuration/installation process- one of the most frustrating aspects of running Apache, especially for Linux users. In particular, it explains in-depth the options and methods for adding modules to the Apache server, including fleshing out the different ways of implementing the modules. For example, the author shows how to compile Apache with statically linked modules, to do the same dynamically, and to do a combination of the two. This really hits home when you are trying to run Apache with third-party modules such as mod_perl, PHP, mySQL, and Jakarta, for example. Online documentation and even documentation from other books may describe how to implement these individually, but seldom take into account the scenario where one wants to run many or all of them. I strongly recommend this book, especially if you are a serious linux user who is tired of searching the internet for out-of-context messages on Apache configuration problems.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Apache Book 9 Feb. 2000
By Alex Hudson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
First off, don't confuse this with a web design book: this book will not show you ANY HTML coding whatsoever. This is all about configuring Apache... and that it does with aplomb.
Apache is really easy to get up and running, and although this book shows you how to do that, that's not the half of it. It's the tough stuff: virtual hosting, dynamic web sites, and the Apache modules, where this book really earns it's keep.
In short, there's nothing you can do with Apache that this book can't show you, in my opinion. Quite obviously, it's not really aimed at the average Joe, but if you're running a medium sized web server or above, and you're running Apache, you'll probably benefit from reading this. Especially good is the content on dynamic sites and secure serving: this is, of course, the basis for modern e-commerce, which is probably what 90% of us buy this book for! More good stuff comes in the way of monitoring Apache, and tuning the performance - after reading this book, and applying some of the knowledge contained with, I found myself with a horribly reliable Apache setup which I no longer need to fiddle with. Job's a good 'un, as we say in Yorkshire!
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