- Taschenbuch: 188 Seiten
- Verlag: Apress; Auflage: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. (4. Juni 2004)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1590593553
- ISBN-13: 978-1590593554
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19 x 1,1 x 23,5 cm
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Apache Essentials: Install, Configure, Maintain (Pioneering Series) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 4. Juni 2004
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Apache is the most widely used web server on the Internet today, and that comes as no surprise - it's open source and therefore free of charge to use, not to mention gloriously extensible. And it's much more secure than other web servers. So you've picked this book up and you're wondering what exactly makes it different from all those other Apache books? There are hundreds of books about Apache; books that promise to unleash its power, provide a complete reference for it, or delve into the most miniscule corners of its functionality. The problem is that none of them talks to the average web designer or developer. Most books on Apache are written by propellerheads for propellerheads. None of them explain how to configure Apache using plain language, giving examples that matter to you - but Apache Essentials does! In Apache Essentials, I'll show you how to install, configure, and maintain Apache. The key features that you'll use on a daily basis will be emphasized. You'll learn how to host secure (SSL) sites, optimize key Apache modules, use Apache with Perl and PHP, work with Server Side Includes (SSI), and take advantage of the information contained in log files.By the time you're done reading this book, you'll be an Apache superstar!
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Darren James Harkness and Jon Steer are published authors with the former Glasshaus of Peer Information Group.
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The book does a very good job of describing the configuration and file details of the Apache system. It also details the type of scripting files that Apache can support. I was surprised that asp files were supported at all. The author's language is suitable for everyone and I felt very comfortable learning about the Apache system. However the author's background is much deeper than the book covers.
I especially liked the way that the author discussed web security since it has become a hot topic and his admonitions are very well taken. Verification and validation are critical to system reliability these days.
I did take off a star for lack of depth which resulted in a book only 150 pages long. But, not to worry, there are other sources out there that get as detailed as I want. In any case, you can't beat the price.
Throughout his book, Harkness makes his disdain for "propellerheads" quite clear. Unfortunately, it takes someone with deep technical knowledge to install, configure and maintain a large, secure, production web server. By purposely avoiding "propellerhead" details, the book ends up not delivering sufficient information or training to allow the reader to accomplish these goals. While the information in the book may be adequate for getting started with a small, non-critical Apache server in the ideal environment, the reader will need to turn to his "propellerhead" friends -- or to a more technical book -- the first time something doesn't go exactly as expected.
The coverage of topics is superficial and spotty. While some esoteric topics are discussed in excruciating detail (like the five pages of options listed for the Linux-only logrotate application), other important topics are glossed over or skipped entirely. A particularly glaring weakness is in the coverage of Apache user authentication: The .htpassword file is mentioned only in passing, with no mention of how to create it or how to format it until 100 pages later in the middle of an unrelated example, when it simply says the .htpassword file is "created through using the htpassword utility" and nothing else. Sadly, this is fairly typical of the coverage given to some important topics.
Looking at the three areas mentioned in the book's subtitle:
1) INSTALL: The chapter on installing Apache is a whopping seven pages long (yes, that says "seven," not "seventy"), and one of those pages is given over in its entirety to two short tables and another to a screenshot of the Apache default homepage. The only things actually covered in the remaining five pages are some system requirements and choosing between the source and binary versions. Incredibly, the "Installing Apache" chapter never actually tells you how to install Apache. (Compare this treatment to that given in either of David Powers "Foundation PHP" books from the same publisher, where dozens of pages are given to Apache (and PHP) installation, with seemingly every possible troubleshooting step and contingency clearly laid out.)
2) CONFIGURE: The bulk of the book is devoted to Apache configuration, but again the treatment is spotty. While the reader will indeed get an adequate grasp of custom error messages, for example, the information provided on scripting and server-side includes is not even sufficient for a loose grasp. The chapter on SSL will leave anyone's head spinning -- whether or not there's a propeller on top of his head.
3) MAINTAIN: At 27 pages, the chapter on Apache log files is the longest chapter in the book, thanks mostly to exhaustive, multiple-page listings of various options and settings. While the reader will exit with a good knowledge of Apache logs, there's little else in the book about maintaining an active Apache server.
The only audience for whom I might recommend this book would be designers who are interested in having a high-level idea of how Apache is configured, but who would never need to install, configure, or maintain it themselves. Those designers who actually do need to learn how to accomplish these tasks would be much better served by the above-mentioned chapters in David Powers's books, combined with the ubiquitous (and free) downloadable Apache tutorials on the internet.
Installation of the Apache server is also covered from the very beginning with how to get the source code. After installing the program the author turns to configuring the server, setting up your domain, and setting up users. He even covers setting up virtual hosting so you can host multiple web sites on one IP address.
On the positive side the book covers all the essentials for basic setup and configuration of an Apache server including information on setting up Perl, PHP, and Server Side Includes. On the negative side it leaves out a lot of detail on the configuration files and other items. If you need to do anything different or unusual you will need another book. "Apache Essentials" is a recommended book if you need a good overview that has all the basic information to get Apache up and running quickly with a standard configuration.
The second reason offered by him takes up the bulk of the book. Namely, how to install and maintain it. But this is not a bulky book. As he shows, the Apache community has expended serious effort in making this as painless as possible. Even for the tyro sysadmin, if that happens to be you.
Harkness gives details on how to use Secure Sockets Layer, and making log files, for example. In the latter case, he doesn't seem to say explicitly, but the log files still are not the easiest thing to analyse, even with what Apache offers you. There are independent programs that do a neat job of analysing and summarising those files. But these are not part of Apache, and so outside the book's purview. The good news is that if you get to this point in your usage, you will be very familiar with Apache.