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Apache: The Definitive Guide (3rd Edition) Paperback – December 28, 2002

ISBN-13: 063-6920002031 ISBN-10: 0596002033 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 536 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 3 edition (December 28, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596002033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596002039
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 6.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Please take as read all the usual good stuff about O'Reilly books that I have written os often before: this book has the same production values etc. etc. and I'm sure you don't want to read that all again. So what is there to say? Well not a lot really which is why you are getting all this filler. The name of the book tells it all - this really is the definitive guide to using Apache. You run apache? You need to understand it better? (The chapter on running a big web server is sound.) Get the book. The person who pays your wages can certainly afford it." - Lindsay Marshall, news@UK

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Ben Laurie is the coauthor of Apache: The Definitive Guide, Technical Director of A.L. Digital Ltd. and The Bunker, a director of the Apache Software Foundation, author of Apache-SSL and a core team member of OpenSSL. As well as his obvious involvement with free software, he's also obsessed with security and privacy, particularly on the net. In his copious spare time, he writes stuff, sometimes code, sometimes words.

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It's fine but feels a bit scatter brained.
Christopher Patti
You would be better off saving yourself the money and going to apache.org.
bubtub24
Excellent book, cover unix and windows install and configuration.
John Najarian

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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Dan Clough on November 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a fairly comprehensive, 600-page guide to the Apache web server software. The book begins with an overview of what a web server and browser clients do, how they work, and planning/installing Apache. The book covers versions 1.3.x and 2.0.x, and the differences between them. After installation, the next few chapters explain the initial configuration required to get a working webserver, including the various directives blocks, access control, and setting up virtual hosts.
Chapter 5 discusses how to implement authentication, passwords, and more on access control, such as using .htaccess files. Following chapters describe how to change settings for various web filetypes, indexing, imagemaps, and redirection of web page requests. Chapters 9 and 10 explain using a proxy, and the multitude of logging and status options which can be configured.
One of the longer (and important) chapters, Chapter 11, goes into excellent detail about the security aspects of running a webserver. It includes discussion and examples on signatures, certificates, using SSL, and firewalls. General security precautions, real life scenarios, and even potential legal issues are addressed.
The next section goes over building and administering a large website, and the issues associated with that. Also there is a chapter on adding web applications to your site to allow flexible user interaction, such as forms submission. There are then several chapters regarding add-ons and extensions to get even more from the webserver. These include PHP, CGI, Perl, mod_perl, XML, and Cocoon. There are numerous examples of coding provided, although most of them are somewhat basic in nature.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By M. McAulay on December 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
Most of the time you can trust O'Reilly technical books. But this dog should be drug out back and shot. It's out of date, it's poorly written, it meanders all over the place. I'm pretty tolerant of technical writing as long as I'm learning what I need to along the way. But at a time when I was highly motivated to get up to speed on Apache I literally gave up and threw this on the floor in frustration. Buy any other book on Apache. This one sucks.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Muprhy III on September 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book reads like a journal of somebody who has never configured a web server at all, literally saying things like, "We tried this, and we got this error message". While the author is trying to create a noob friendly book here, it comes off like it was written by noobs (which probably isn't actually the case).

There are also some questionable things, for example, they create a shell script that must run in a particular directory. They actually say "you must cd to the directory first" and then use the shell built-in 'pwd' instead of the dot operator for the current directory -- twice on one line! This comes off as pretty noobish to me. In the old days, this would cause 300,000 lines of kernel code to execute an external program and return, but at least the shell implements pwd as a builtin these days. Still, it was one of those small things that makes you wonder about a book...

Despite this, the book IS useful for a noob to learn some Apache basics and make the conf files more readable. I had a 10 year old Apache Bible with Y2K material in it that in some ways was more helpful. Still, I am still reading the relevant sections and the book is helping me get a task done at work.
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40 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Maynard Handley on October 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a horrible, stunningly horrible, book. It has, sadly, persuaded me

that I cannot simply trust the O'Reilly brand as signifying, if not the

best book in a particular area, at least a worthwhile book.

The central problem is that this book has no idea what it wants to be.

It tries to be a tutorial, a cookbook and a reference, all intermingled.

One paragraph it's trying to talk to newbies, the next it assumes you are

a long time Apache veteran.

One role, however, that it seems to have no interest in playing is that

of giving the big picture, of describing exactly what Apache can (and

can't) do in a given area, and why you might care, before getting into various nitty gritty.

I'm afraid I can't recommend a good book on Apache to buy; I would

however urge you to stay away from this one. The worst shovelware out,

Sams Teach yourself Apache in 24hrs or Apache for Dummies, cannot be

worse than this sad failure.

(This reviews version 3 of the book. I have no idea if versions 1 and 2

were less dreadful.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bubtub24 on January 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
I read this over the summer. You would be better off saving yourself the money and going to apache.org. This book lacks important details for anyone that is new to apache. She expects to much out of the reader. The way she suggests to implement apache is confusing and useless. I believe this book is outdated as well. I just purchased Web Application Design and Implementation: Apache 2, PHP5, MySQL, JavaScript, and Linux/UNIX (Quantitative Software Engineering Series)by Steven Gabarro. Hopefully it will be better than this train wreck definitive guide.
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