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Professional Apache Paperback – November 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-1861003027 ISBN-10: 1861003021 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Professional
  • Paperback: 617 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox Press; 1 edition (November 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861003021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861003027
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,083,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

With comprehensive coverage of the many issues a Web server administrator faces, Professional Apache is a terrific resource for those looking to implement the popular open-source Web server. This title covers installation, configuration, and customization of the Apache Web server.

Apache devotee Peter Wainwright dishes up plenty of tips for making the most of Apache. He begins with a couple of introductory chapters that cover some of the basic networking concepts of the Internet and an overview of the Apache server. Readers who have experience with other Web servers should be able to get up to speed with Apache here without a problem.

The text covers the various configuration files that determine Apache's personality, illustrating how to achieve particular goals with small snippets of code. The author goes far beyond this, however, using examples of how to configure Apache to manage multiple sites, monitor the server's performance, apply security, and extend the product with several third-party add-on modules.

There aren't any fluffy elements to this book's format. It is entirely composed of detailed information that is most often presented in short, easily digestible chunks with meaningful headings, and it finishes off with a series of appendices that include a number of critical lists such as available modules and directives. Professional Apache is a very useful administration tool, indeed. --Stephen W. Plain

Topics covered: TCP/IP and HTTP overview, installation and build procedures, server configuration, aliases, redirection, CGI implementation, virtual hosting, performance optimization, security, mod_perl, PHP, and Jserv.

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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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Customer Reviews

I have found the book as being quite easy to read and understand.
R. Krause
Professional Apache is the book for anybody who needs to get the most out of the Apache Web Server.
Jeff D'Andre
It's much more accomplished and up to date than the O'Reilly book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Robert Nagle on December 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
I compared the three Apache books out there, and thought this (Professional apache) was the most up-to-date and easiest to understand. I'm relatively new to programming, so I haven't gotten into the nuts and bolts of this, but what I've read so far is very helpful. It includes stuff on PHP and maybe a little XML too. Apache Server Bible was good too, but this one seemed to cover more material and was much easier to understand.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By R. Krause on May 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
I leafed through both this book and the O'reilly book at a local store just to weight the two before making a buying decision. Professional Apache looked alot more complete and covered alot more than the O'reilly title. In fact this title seems to cover alot more than any other Apache book I have looked through.
I have found the book as being quite easy to read and understand. It also does a really good job at fully explaining the aspect of Apache that the book is talking about in that chapter. As for currency, the latest version of Apache is talks about is 1.3.9
I also did not find the book to be stale, dry reading. It was quite interesting. The book read quite quickly. I went from knowing very little about Apache to feeling quite confident with it in only a couple of days.
All in all, a very good book to have.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 11, 2000
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?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Víctor Medina on January 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
Me being a O'Reilly's books fan it is hard to say that this book ir really good, far better than O'Reilly's.
First of all, every chapters starts with a introduction to the specific technology that it will cover, this is a relief when you have to confront to dark and little known configurations, since this gives you a better understanding of what to do. Second, the chapter on security and SSL support is, as far as I can say, the best documentation to get started with. Although, after having gain some confidence with it you should read the Apache docs and the OpenSSL docs for more precise configs Third, the chapters devoted to mod_perl, mod_jserv and XML are just perfect, giving us clear explanations of many configurations for each mod', this gives a choice of how we could work on a big variety of environments and solutions
Over all this is a great book, for beginers and for people who already has some working knowledge on Apache, a great reference book too!
Happy New Year! Friends!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert Nagle on July 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
I bought this book in january and have been reading snippets here and there. things change rapidly with apache (right now I'm working on webdav--which wasn't even released until a month ago for apache). Still, 98% of the book is up to date and the author organizes the material extremely well. I found especially helpful the discussions on installing mod_perl, security and login access. My only complaints are that the book doesn't easily list respective functions of the standard modules on a single page, and that it doesn't list some of the apache offshoots, like apache for java and xml. I know that Oreilley is working on updating their earlier apache book (which wasn't really worth reading anyway), so there's bound to be excellent books about apache coming down the pipe. However, this book has answered every question I have had, and covers things more thoroughly than a web how-to might. Highest recommendations.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matthew J. Horn on May 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have been trying to figure out virtual hosting for weeks now and read the chapter on setting up multiple hosts on a single Web server. All I can say it "wow". I look forward to seeing what other titles this author releases.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Rakesh Chaudhary on September 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have to say, for the first time I feel like I have been duped by all the stars and the praises showered on this book by amazon customers. This book is good, but does not justify its exhorbitant price.
Almost 70-80 % of the book is just an explanation of the httpd.conf file. (This is the configuration file for the server that controls almost all its functionality). If you read the documentation for apache (which is inside the config file!) carefully, you will see that this book just repeats the explanations in slightly modified text and larger font.
To summarize, read the config file, drop the book, and save some money for Christmas.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
I wanted to set up Apache on WIN 98 together with Active Perl in order to emulate multiple sites using there own CGI-BIN. I found it very frustrating using the online documentation trying to arrive at the configuration I required. This book covers all the aspects in detail and gives working examples of various configurations. Where the online documentaion says use the 'whatever' directive and then gives a simple example this book takes you through various scenarios of the directives and points out any issues you should look out for. Essentially the author has done the figuring out for me and has then written it down in a clear manner for later reference. I am Happy to recommend this book
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