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It's quickly apparent that Lincoln Stein and Doug MacEachern spent valuable time writing this book considering the breadth of their subject and the depth they devote to it. The only downside to the book is that it's kind of hard to explain all of the API functionality without assuming a minimum level of competence from the audience. For that reason, this book might be a bit intimidating to novice programmers, but it really rewards you if you put time into it and tinker with things.
The book also works well as a source of ideas and inspiration for when you have to write your own server modules, and I'd recommend it if you want to customize your Apache server or speed up your Perl CGI programs. --Doug Beaver
Doug MacEachern has been addicted to Perl and web servers since early 1994 when he was introduced to Plexus as a student employee at the University of Arizona. Soon after returning to his home town of Boston, Massachusetts, and entering the "real world," he discovered the Apache web server, and since early 1996, he has been gluing Perl into all its nooks and crannies. His day job has consisted of integrating various other technologies with the Web, including DCE, Kerberos, and GSSAPI, but Perl has been the only one he cannot let go of. Doug has continued as a developer disguised as a consultant since the start of 1998, spending most of his time between Auckland, New Zealand, and San Francisco, California, with time at home in Boston during the warmer months. Doug likes to spend his time away from software--far, far away, sailing on the ocean, diving below it, or simply looking at it from a warm, sandy beach where technology doesn't go much beyond thatched huts and blenders.
Lincoln Stein is an assistant investigator at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, where he develops databases and user interfaces for the Human Genome Project using the Apache server and its module API. He is the author of several books about programming for the Web, including The Official Guide to CGI.pm, How to Set Up and Maintain a Web Site, and Web Security: A Step-by-Step Reference Guide.
Still, it's a good book and is very useful for referencing as well as for people looking to learn more about this topic.
While mod_perl is very powerful and puts the full resources of Apache at your fingertips, you first need to know what the full resources of Apache *are*.
Few/no typos and articulate writing, very usable index and good content organization, accurate and complete information, top notch Perl code.
Helpful for getting your head around the principles of Apache modules, but for modern API reference, see Apache's online docs.Published on January 23, 2007 by William Baker
While this book is a bit outdated and technology has greatly changed since this text was released in 1999, this is still a solid reference for anyone that works with Apache and... Read morePublished on September 20, 2006 by Dan McKinnon
I bought this book awhile ago USED here on Amazon (for $2.00!), and it was worth every penny!
Although this book is old, it has some useful reference material that can... Read more
Not much there for C, although it's not too difficult to make use of the Perl topics and covert them to C, it's more geared towards Perl (much more). That's too bad. Read morePublished on May 10, 2003 by Tim Greer
It's all in Perl. The book says "Apache Modules with Perl and C" but really, it's all in Perl. Read morePublished on March 1, 2003 by "kjackson1997"
_Writing Apache Modules_ (WAM) is a high quality work, even amongst other O'Reilly books. Few/no typos and articulate writing, very usable index and good content organization,... Read morePublished on December 19, 2002 by Steven Haryanto
Writing Apache Modules is a rather arcane specialty; with so many excellent free modules already available, most people can find more than the need with some simple... Read morePublished on May 22, 2001 by _Mark_
This book is a pleasure to read. It provides information on web development on the Apache/Perl platform in a very accessible and entertaining form without being dumbed down. Read morePublished on March 25, 2001 by Cliente de Amazon
Doug and Lincoln's book is outstanding. I had no idea Apache could do so much. The book is also wonderful simply for the perl parts of the examples. Read morePublished on September 10, 1999