Media praise for Apache: The Definitive Guide

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"My personal favorite {apache book}?due to its clear and concise format."--ApacheWeek, Feb 15, 2002

"The book lives up to its title well; it's a great guide for getting started and maintaining a Web serve with a
--Jon Holman, UnixReview, Dec 19, 2001

"If your intention is to use Apache, then Lauries' book is probably not just definitive, but essential." -Joe McCool, ACCU, Jan 2000

"I can highly recommend this resource to any sysadmin who must set up and run a web site with Apache and to the programmers who must work with it." -- E. V. Bell II, Ed's Internet Book Review

" excellent guide even for webmasters who have never installed or configured a server before. However, you should have a basic knowledge of the Web and understand how it works to get the most benefit from this publication.", March 1999

"I have no reason to doubt its claim as the definitive guide and the 2nd edition is probably justified. If your intention is to use Apache, then Lauries' book is probably not just definitive, but essential. It takes the reader through from the design of the simplest possible 'hello world' site to a complex application involving on-line forms etc." --Joe McCool, Cvue, Jan 2000

"a very good guide to Apache, the world's most popular web Server . . . if you are a C programmer and want to work directly with Apache's complex, but powerful application programming interface (API), you will find this book indispensable . . . This guide is amusingly written - a rarity in technical books! - and does cover most of the basics well. We'd buy the book if we were Apache webmasters" --Stephen J. Vaughan-Nichols, Smart Reseller, April 19, 1999

"The best book I've seen on getting the most from Apache. This is the owner's manual for the world's most widely used web server." --Chuck Murcko, Apache Group member

"Another Nutshell book that is a 'must have' for Internet professionals using the Apache webserver software. The authors have applied their ample qualifications to produce a handbook with enough information to remain a useful tool for the basics and beyond." --Randy Terbush, Apache Group member

"For excellent documentation, the O'Reilly folks have published
Apache: the Definitive Guide." --Shirley Duglin Kennedy, Information Today, March 1998

If you want good documentation, take a look at the O'Reilly books Apache' titles, which are written by some of the program's developers. Of course, if you're working with web servers and Unix systems-especially Open Source-you'll probably have a pile of O'Reilly books on your shelves and all over your desk. -Simon Bisson, Application Development Advisor, Oct 1999

Apache, a freeware program, is one of the most popular server software used on the Unix platform. The aim of this book is to show web administrators how to properly set up the Apache server. The first three chapters are a tutorial on how to set up web sites - using virtual hosting & Apache. The rest of the book covers the following subjects: Common Gateway Interface (CGI) Authentication Content & Language Arbitration Indexing Redirection Proxy Servers Server-Side Includes Logs The Apache API Writing Apache Modules Security

Also included with the book is a cd-rom. The cd includes Apache, versions 1.1.1 & 1.2b; the HTTP/1.0 & 1.1 specs; the CGI/1.1 specs; gzip version 1.24; and the sites referred to in the book. However, the authors suggest that you download Apache from, as it's likely to be a more current version than the one included with the book. But you can compile and install Apache from the included cd-rom.

It's obvious that the authors know Apache very well. In fact, Ben Laurie is a member of the core Apache group. The authors state that they expect most people who read this book to have used the World Wide Web and to understand how it works. I qualify for that part! Then they go on to say they expect readers are now thinking about running their own server.

I'm not thinking about running my own server - especially after reading this book. However, I rent space on two servers - one locally for my own site & one for the purpose of reselling web space. Both servers are powered by Apache. So it couldn't hurt to learn a little about the software & what it can do.

The Lauries take you from installing Apache through running secure, virtual host web sites. There are demonstrations you can duplicate using your own equipment. Along the way, they also try to alert you to all the dangers inherent in running a server and what you can do to avoid or bypass them.

Where this book really shines is in the details. Apache is controlled through roughly 150 directives. As far as I can tell, they're all covered in minute detail. For each directive, the syntax, where it is used, & an explanation is provided. This is, in fact, the bulk of the book.

Although this book is highly informative & well written, I could not set up a web server after reading it. So if you know a little about the web, and think you'll just read this book to set up your own server, think again.

On the other hand, if you're more familiar with the requirements of running a server - how to connect to the Internet, security questions, how domain hosting works, etc - and you want free software to set up your server - this book is for you. --CompuNotes, August 1997