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Pro Apache (Expert's Voice) Paperback – February 28, 2005
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Peter Wainwright is a developer and software engineer specializing in Perl, Apache, and other open-source projects. He got his first taste of programming on a BBC Micro and gained most of his early programming experience writing applications in C on Solaris. He then discovered Linux, shortly followed by Perl and Apache, and has been happily programming there ever since. When he is not engaged in development or writing books, Wainwright spends much of his free time maintaining the Space Future website at www.spacefuture.com. He is an active proponent of commercial passenger space travel and cofounded Space Future Consulting, an international space tourism consultancy firm.
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This is, nevertheless, an indespensible resource to have, especially if you find yourself having to revisit, support, and/or migrate a legacy Apache installation or need/want to understand the evolution of Apache itself.
Throughout the text, the author gives the reader a lot of great tips/best practices which regardless of the technologies which will change, can be adopted as best practice (for example, his advice on managing config files and include directives).
Although unlikely, in an ideal world, it would be great to have an updated edition of this book as I feel it is one of the more comprehensive Apache books out there. Indeed, at 900+ pages, it almost feels like it could be THE Apache Bible or Definitive Guide.
O'Reilly books are definitely well written; however, I find myself ALWAYS going to this book first, even though it was published in 2004. The Apache Directives, topics, and examples covered are timeless. It puts side-by-side code base 1.3 and 2.0, with strength of focus on the 2.0 code base. If you use the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) online documentation along with this book, then you will be able to perform in the workplace. Nearly everything covered in this book is relevant today and even translates to the 2.2 code base.
I can't wait for the next revision to cover the 2.2 code base in depth. Unfortunately, publications can't keep up with ASF releases and the new and re-factored modules. It takes about two years for a solid book to be put into circulation after ASF makes a major release available.
Well done Peter!
Overall a disappointment in buying it :-(
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Some fairly informative chapters contain introduction to common configuration, authentication,...Read more