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Rich Bowen is a world-recognized expert and member of the Apache Software Foundation. He has authored several books on Apache, and regularly contributes to the Apache Server documentation project.
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  • Series: Definitive Guides
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (February 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590595610
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590595619
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,078,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By deoren on March 22, 2006
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When I first came across RewriteRule directives I was mostly horrified. It was only because I was learning about Perl Regular Expressions at the time that I didn't make the sign of a cross at the stuff and just go another direction. But I realized that the power I craved came at a cost.

I admit that I had did the whole "trial and error" thing coupled with scouring the net for examples before I realized having a book would make things so much easier. So I resorted to searching Amazon for mod_rewrite. This is the only book that my search turned up.

I have to say the book was definitely well worth it. The tips about when to NOT use mod_rewrite was very much appreciated. Some of my uses could have been accomplished with a FilesMatch or DirectoryMatch directives instead of a RewriteRule.

The VirtualHosts chapter was useful, as was the Proxy chapter. I didn't realize how useful mod_proxy was until this chapter gave a few good examples.

All in all I'm very satisfied with this book. Because of the short length I was worried that it wouldn't cover the material well enough. However I don't think there is anything I've needed to do with mod_rewrite that this book didn't cover well enough for me to accomplish without another resource.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By HugeStakkaBoFan VINE VOICE on October 10, 2007
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The freely available online documentation for mod_rewrite is a great deal more "definitive" than this book could ever hope to be, but it's also a great deal more difficult to navigate and read. This book is considerably more human friendly and un-man-page-like, and even if it doesn't contain a specific solution for your particular problem, it will at least point you in the right direction so you have some general idea of where to look in the official docs.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mover on March 15, 2006
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Having only about 140 pages, I wouldn't call this 'The Definitive Guide'. Even though I read it cover to cover and mod_rewrite is a relatively small subject, there are still some unanswered questions.

Still, the book contains easy to read explanations, a quick primer on Regular Expressions, recipes, and - very important - examples of problems that should NOT be solved with mod_rewrite because there is an easier way to do it.

So for those that are no experts yet and thus far had to consult the (not very user-friendly) official documentation on the Apache website, this book is certainly a good introduction.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mscott on April 29, 2008
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This book is perfect for programmers AND webmasters! Before reading this book I had very limited knowledge of what mod rewrite was or how it worked. After I finished it I was able to:

1. Make search engine friendly URLs (dynamically generated by my site) work.

2. Block bad bots and remote file inclusion attempts.

3. Rename pages or move them seamlessly.

I would recommend this book to anyone, it was easy to understand even from the point of view of someone just starting out.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Foti Massimo on May 30, 2006
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mod_rewrite is a powerful tool, but, unfortunately, it has always been poorly documented and its somewhat arcane syntax makes things even worst. Bowen offers a very welcomed alternative to the obscure official documentation. Be advised a decent understanding of Regular Expressions is required to fully leverage mod_rewrite
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. P. Mens on June 27, 2006
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The Definitive Guide to Apache mod_rewrite by Rich Bowen leaves nothing to be desired. After pointing out when not to use mod_rewrite, a chapter on regular expressions and one on installing and configuring mod_rewrite (both statically and as a dynamic object), the author digs right in to the RewriteRule directive with clear examples for doing simple and more complex redirection. Chapter five expands on those rules with the RewriteCond directive illustrating its strength with time-based redirection (different pages day & night) and how to solve the "image theft" problem, and chapter six lays out the RewriteMap directive which allows to map URLs based on external data; I again found some very good examples here.

The next two chapters cover real-world examples which include adjusting URLs, reorganization of content, forcing SSL, and serving content based on a username. Access control, virtual hosts (yes, using mod_rewrite!), proxying and debugging make up the remaining chapters which are packed full of information (a lot of which I didn't know about).

I think that The Definitive Guide to Apache mod_rewrite really is just that: definitive. It is a must have for any systems administrator who wants to use mod_rewrite on an Apache web server, and I strongly recommend it.
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