Apache 2 Pocket Reference
For Apache Programmers & Administrators
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: October 2008
Pages: 204

Even if you know the Apache web server inside and out, you still need an occasional on-the-job reminder -- especially if you're moving to the newer Apache 2.x. Apache 2 Pocket Reference gives you exactly what you need to get the job done without forcing you to plow through a cumbersome, doorstop-sized reference.

This Book provides essential information to help you configure and maintain the server quickly, with brief explanations that get directly to the point. It covers Apache 2.x, giving web masters, web administrators, and programmers a quick and easy reference solution.

This pocket reference includes:

  • Summaries of command-line options, configuration directives, and modules
  • Key information about Apache support utilities
  • What you need to know about URL rewriting, filters, caching, proxying and security

Whether you manage huge e-commerce operations, corporate intranets, or small personal websites, Apache 2 Pocket Reference is ideal for savvy administrators who no longer need detailed tutorials and just want a convenient, on-the-job reference.

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Does what it promises to do

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from Edmonton

Comments about oreilly Apache 2 Pocket Reference:

Overall, Ford's Apache 2 Pocket Reference does what it promises to do.

According to the preface, this is to "Summarize Apache's command-line

options and the configuration directives for the modules in the standard

distribution." Applicable to version 2 of Apache, this guide is a solid

companion to the server software. With chapters on the server environment,

URL mappng, access controls, caching, SSL support, logging, proxying, and

several other more advanced areas of operation, the book is a handy

reference to have.

Something to keep in mind, however, is that it is intended to be a

reference for administrators; as such, many commands and code examples are

far above the ability level of an inexperienced user such as myself. From

my standpoint, however, this guide is becoming more and more indispensable

as my ability level increases, mainly due to the simplicity of layout.

With an included index, and fairly logical chapter layout, commands are

easy to find, and the provided explanations and code examples are easily

followed. The main downfall of Apache 2 Pocket Reference, in my opinion,

is the text formatting in code examples. It is often confusing, though I

wouldn't go so far as to call it difficult to follow, if the command is

not previously understood. Again, though, since it is intended as a

reference book, I can't really complain.

Overall, I would rate the Apache 2 Pocket Reference as a well-written,

useful reference material for users of intermediate experience levels and

upward. For the beginner, perhaps fora and http://httpd.apache.org/docs/

are better resources.

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