The Virtual Bookcase Reviews of 'Apache: The Definitive Guide (Nutshell Handbook)':
Reviewer amazon.com wrote:
With distributions for both Unix and 32-bit Windows environments, the Apache Web server boasts reliability, security, and scalability--and it's free. Apache: The Definitive Guide shows Apache administrators how to perform their jobs, detailing the server through version 1.3. The authors--one of them a member of the Apache development team--begin with an academic discussion of what Web servers do before walking the reader through the process of installing Apache. Installation gets much attention--readers find out, step by step, how to set up a Web site (or several) under Apache, and how to set up Web site security and other preferences properly. The book also provides in-depth discussions of particular aspects of Apache operation, including MIME handling, the Common Gateway Interface (CGI), and security features such as authentication and caching. For the programmers in the crowd, this book documents the Apache API with discussions of resource pools and their allocation, plus a full API reference. A tutorial explains how to write Apache extension modules in C. In all matters, Apache: The Definitive Guide covers both Unix and Win32 machines, but it places more emphasis on the Unix port. The complete source code of Apache 1.3 appears on the CD-ROM that ships with the book. --David Wall --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
For those who wish to set up their own Web server, Apache has one undisputable
advantage: it's free. On the other hand, you can't call up technical support
and yell that you aren't getting what you paid for. In fact, you can't call up
technical support at all, unless you go to one of the commercial firms that
provides it. So, unless you are the type of person who learned UNIX by reading
the source code, you probably want some help in getting set up.
This book provides detailed, stepwise instructions on getting Apache,
installing it, and making it work for you. The authors assume that you have a
C compiler, and some familiarity with it, but very little else. Topics include
basic introductions, minimal Web sites, CGI (Common Gateway Interface),
authentication, content arbitration, indexing, redirection, proxy servers,
server-side includes, server status and information, extra modules, the Apache
API (application Programming Interface), writing Apache Modules, and security.
Appendices list support organizations, compatibility, and the SSL (Secure
Sockets Layer) protocol.
A wry sense of humour pervades the book, enlivening the text throughout. It is
hard to say that the jokes aid in the explanations of esoteric material, but
the comedy never gets in the way or degenerates into mere sarcasm.
The authors have an abiding concern for security that surfaces again and again
in the book. Tips and useful pointers are included in almost every section,
and the chapter on security is a fine tutorial on the vulnerabilities and
loopholes to which all Internet applications are subject. Most non-specialist
works are satisfied with telling you to choose good passwords: Laurie, pere et
fils, are willing to go to the trouble of giving the reader solid and complete
Overall, this book may be another strong reason to choose Apache.
copyright Robert M. Slade, 1997
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