Apache: The Definitive Guide, 3rd Edition (en anglais) (Anglais) Broché – 26 janvier 2003
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"This book has everything you need to set up an apache server."
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Chapter 5 discusses how to implement authentication, passwords, and more on access control, such as using .htaccess files. Following chapters describe how to change settings for various web filetypes, indexing, imagemaps, and redirection of web page requests. Chapters 9 and 10 explain using a proxy, and the multitude of logging and status options which can be configured.
One of the longer (and important) chapters, Chapter 11, goes into excellent detail about the security aspects of running a webserver. It includes discussion and examples on signatures, certificates, using SSL, and firewalls. General security precautions, real life scenarios, and even potential legal issues are addressed.
The next section goes over building and administering a large website, and the issues associated with that. Also there is a chapter on adding web applications to your site to allow flexible user interaction, such as forms submission. There are then several chapters regarding add-ons and extensions to get even more from the webserver. These include PHP, CGI, Perl, mod_perl, XML, and Cocoon. There are numerous examples of coding provided, although most of them are somewhat basic in nature. One subject that I thought should have been addressed more was integrating the webserver with a database (such as MySQL), as this is a very common requirement.
The last two chapters go over the Apache Application Programming Interface (API), and how to write Modules for Apache. This may be useful to more serious developers, but is probably too technical and difficult for the average casual user. The book closes with a good Index and there is also a very handy foldout inside the back cover which contains quick-reference data for the most commonly used configurations and commands.
Overall this book seems to "cover all the bases". It was useful to me as a beginner to set up a testing webserver, and yet has extra details and information for those more advanced webmasters. The quick reference section especially, should be very useful to experienced Apache users. I would highly recommend the book for anyone wanting to start or improve their knowledge in running the Apache webserver.
There are also some questionable things, for example, they create a shell script that must run in a particular directory. They actually say "you must cd to the directory first" and then use the shell built-in 'pwd' instead of the dot operator for the current directory -- twice on one line! This comes off as pretty noobish to me. In the old days, this would cause 300,000 lines of kernel code to execute an external program and return, but at least the shell implements pwd as a builtin these days. Still, it was one of those small things that makes you wonder about a book...
Despite this, the book IS useful for a noob to learn some Apache basics and make the conf files more readable. I had a 10 year old Apache Bible with Y2K material in it that in some ways was more helpful. Still, I am still reading the relevant sections and the book is helping me get a task done at work.
that I cannot simply trust the O'Reilly brand as signifying, if not the
best book in a particular area, at least a worthwhile book.
The central problem is that this book has no idea what it wants to be.
It tries to be a tutorial, a cookbook and a reference, all intermingled.
One paragraph it's trying to talk to newbies, the next it assumes you are
a long time Apache veteran.
One role, however, that it seems to have no interest in playing is that
of giving the big picture, of describing exactly what Apache can (and
can't) do in a given area, and why you might care, before getting into various nitty gritty.
I'm afraid I can't recommend a good book on Apache to buy; I would
however urge you to stay away from this one. The worst shovelware out,
Sams Teach yourself Apache in 24hrs or Apache for Dummies, cannot be
worse than this sad failure.
(This reviews version 3 of the book. I have no idea if versions 1 and 2
were less dreadful.)