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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: 9.4 x 7.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This book is perfect for programmers AND webmasters!
Mscott
Useful mod_rewrite tutorials and examples for .htaccess are widely available on the web and found with a Google search.
Arthur S. Nacht
I didn't realize how useful mod_proxy was until this chapter gave a few good examples.
Deoren

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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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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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Overweg on March 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
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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