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Apache: The Definitive Guide by Ben Laurie, Peter Laurie  RSS feed

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Author/s : Ben Laurie, Peter Laurie
Publisher : O'Reilly
Category : Web design, HTML and JavaScript
Review by : Matthew Phillips
Rating : 5 horseshoes

If you are looking for reference material to sit on your bookshelf, you can't go wrong with this book. If you want learning material this book might help, but I would look elsewhere.
The title is very descriptive. All the directives are in here and organized pretty well to make a great reference. There are sample configuration files throughout the book so that you may see how the directive should look. The book covers extending Apache with Perl scripts, PHP, Java, and Cocoon.
I did have some problems with this book. Although the back cover refers to it describing Windows support, I found the coverage of using Apache on Windows to be lacking. The coverage of connecting Tomcat to Apache used Tomcat 3.2. There was also an obvious bias on the part of the authors against Java technology. I downloaded the source code, but there were no instructions on how to unarchive it in Windows or how to use it. I am sure I will refer to this book when I need to know something about Apache, but if you really want to learn the ins and outs of Apache to become a professional webmaster then look elsewhere.

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