Apache Cookbook, 2nd Edition
Solutions and Examples for Apache Administration
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: December 2007
Pages: 310

There's plenty of documentation on installing and configuring the Apache web server, but where do you find help for the day-to-day stuff, like adding common modules or fine-tuning your activity logging? That's easy. The new edition of the Apache Cookbook offers you updated solutions to the problems you're likely to encounter with the new versions of Apache.

Written by members of the Apache Software Foundation, and thoroughly revised for Apache versions 2.0 and 2.2, recipes in this book range from simple tasks, such installing the server on Red Hat Linux or Windows, to more complex tasks, such as setting up name-based virtual hosts or securing and managing your proxy server. Altogether, you get more than 200 timesaving recipes for solving a crisis or other deadline conundrums, with topics including:

  • Security
  • Aliases, Redirecting, and Rewriting
  • CGI Scripts, the suexec Wrapper, and other dynamic content techniques
  • Error Handling
  • SSL
  • Performance
This book tackles everything from beginner problems to those faced by experienced users. For every problem addressed in the book, you will find a worked-out solution that includes short, focused pieces of code you can use immediately. You also get explanations of how and why the code works, so you can adapt the problem-solving techniques to similar situations.

Instead of poking around mailing lists, online documentation, and other sources, rely on the Apache Cookbook for quick solutions when you need them. Then you can spend your time and energy where it matters most.

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Easy, to the point

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    Comments about oreilly Apache Cookbook, 2nd Edition:

    I bought the book to help me improve the network environment at my workplace and it helped me heaps.

    The recipes are easy to follow and instructions are clear. What I love it is how tasks you think are big to execute are not that big at all and the book explains in detail what each solution actually does in the background.

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    Develope locally, windows needs help

    By cactusmitch

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    Comments about oreilly Apache Cookbook, 2nd Edition:

    Still easier to get a Mac!

    Installing Apache on a Windows machine is easy with this book. Getting Apache and PHP to run so that one doesn't need to have net access, is not. An update for Section 2.6 "Installin mod_php on Windows" should be writen to account for PHP5.

    Otherwise this is the book you want.

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    By figital

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    Comments about oreilly Apache Cookbook, 2nd Edition:

    The first edition was the most useful and practical computer book I have ever read.

    The book has "gone missing" during the past year so I'm excited to receive the new edition when it's released in a few weeks.

    I do remember this is the first place that mod_rewrite was demystified for me which dramatically increased the usability (and scalability) of my applications and APIs.

    Hopefully the 2nd edition will explore some of the newer configuration frameworks in the Debian/Ubuntu installations.

    Scott Fitchet

    figital.com (http://www.figital.com)

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