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Professional Apache [Paperback]

Peter Wainwright , Peter Wainright
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November 1999 1861003021 978-1861003027 1
Professional Apache is the book for anybody who needs to get the most out of the Apache Web Server. If you're thinking of setting up Apache for the first time, or of moving an existing web site to a dedicated server, then this book will help you build the server you want. It's also full of information on how to add new capabilities to existing servers, like e-commerce, PHP, or server-side Java support.This book provides you with the author's real-world knowledge of Apache's intricacies and annoyances, including undocumented information gleaned from source-code and experience.

Peter Wainwright's book provides web server administrators and ISPs with the information they need to apply Apache to real world problems, using real examples, without bogging them down in excessive detail about every configuration directive.The key theme is 'Apache the way you want it' - through extensive examples, this book gives you the information you need to build, configure and extend Apache to suit your requirements.

Editorial Reviews 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.

From the Publisher

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.

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: #3,329,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars so far, an excellent book! December 26, 1999
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Apache Book May 11, 2000
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Professional Apache April 11, 2000
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book! January 5, 2001
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
5.0 out of 5 stars really outstanding book--highest kudos July 13, 2000
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple answers to complex questions May 2, 2000
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Over-priced and over-hyped September 18, 2000
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rajesh's review May 24, 2000
The book has a step-by-step explanation of everything that Apache does and you can do with Apache. It even has tutorials on basics like regular expressions, HTTP headers. If you want a book that tells you about Apache -- this is it. You dont need another. In a single word , fantastic.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I really like this book
I've used this book a lot. I have had need to set up and configure apache for a server I help maintain. I found the explanations clear and straightforward. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Daniel A Goldman
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference
I bought this book in August 2001 and I still keep it close at hand. It has paid for itself over and over again. Most times I wonder how can I do "?" in apace? Read more
Published on November 23, 2002 by Ahbaid Gaffoor
1.0 out of 5 stars This book is terrible
This book is absolutely terrible. This is merely a reference of all the options you can configure for apache and by no means helps a user through the examples. Read more
Published on September 28, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Reference to Have On Hand
Wow, I'm shocked to see some negative reviews here for a book that I've come to rely on all the time! Read more
Published on July 27, 2002 by Doug Anarino
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Reference to Have On Hand
Wow, I'm shocked to see some negative reviews here for a book that I've come to rely on all the time! Read more
Published on July 27, 2002 by Doug Anarino
3.0 out of 5 stars Oldish by now, sorry to say
As good as it may look at first there are problems under the surface. The book is printed in 2000 meaning that PHP installation is out of date, for instance. Read more
Published on April 23, 2002 by "karvonen"
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless book
It is a completely useless book. The topics are described superficially. The examples are very simple, doesn't treat the really important and serious problems. Read more
Published on March 23, 2002 by Zsombor Zsuffa
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book - well worth the price in my experience
I'm not going to go into detail, but suffice to say that I've been using Apache for years and when it came time to do more sophisticated configurations, this book proved very... Read more
Published on December 13, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars nicely done
This book doesn't waste much time spoon feeding people. I love it. When Peter starts a topic, he explores it completely and IN DETAIL.
Nice work.
Published on November 28, 2001 by Richard Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the alternatives
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. Read more
Published on July 1, 2001 by "salexa"
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