- Taschenbuch: 318 Seiten
- Verlag: Packt Publishing; Auflage: 2nd Revised ed. (19. Juli 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1782162321
- ISBN-13: 978-1782162322
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19 x 1,8 x 23,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 185.319 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Nginx HTTP Server - Second Edition (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 19. Juli 2013
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Clément Nedelcu was born in France and studied in UK, French, and Chinese universities. After teaching computer science and programming in several eastern Chinese universities, he worked as a Technology Consultant in France, specializing in web and Microsoft .NET programming as well as Linux server administration. Since 2005, he has also been administering a major network of websites in his spare time. This eventually led him to discover Nginx: it made such a difference that he started his own blog about it. One thing leading to another
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Because there are so few books on Nginx, and because I think it is a web server worth learning about, I'm going to post another lukewarm review of this book. It is improved over the previous edition and is still filled with excellent technical information, but you still have to slog through writing samples like this, from the preface:
...for the past few years the same reports reveal the rise of a new competitor: Nginx, a lightweight HTTP server originating from Russia (pronounced engine X). There have been many interrogations surrounding this young web server. Why has the blogosphere become so effervescent about it?...
That is almost identical to the awkward quote I included in my 2010 review of the first edition. A couple of words have been changed, so this was obviously read and updated, but to call it edited is to slight real copy editors.
Bottom line: I don't have anything new to say over the last edition, except that today there are other books in print, including the recently reviewed and better book on Nginx, Mastering Nginx, also by Packt. Take a look at the tables of contents for the two books and compare them. If the topics covered in Mastering Nginx are enough for your purposes, buy that book. If you need the information that is in this book but not in that one, then Nginx HTTP Server is still your best bet, even with its weaknesses. This information is hard to find anywhere else, and that is why I'm reviewing this book.
The second part of the book does a pretty good job at explaining how you would migrate web infrastructure from Apache to nginx, giving example before/after configuration for different use cases. It also does a good job at pointing out when and where control panels will give you grief (if you are using them).
This is all fine stuff, and enough to get it three stars. I gave it four stars because I appreciated the extra mile the author went at explaining rewrite rules, one of the most troublesome parts of configuring any webserver. The author also points out examples of rewrite rules that look like they would work, but actually don't, and he explains why. Good stuff.
It didn't get 5 stars because of the lack of performance specific instructions. I think that most people interested in reading about nginx are concerned about performance. The author even goes on and on about how it outperforms Apache. But lacking in the text are guidelines, explanations, and tips on which configuration options help or hurt performance. There is no discussion about which SSL ciphers I should turn on, SPDY, or when to use keepalives. There is very little hints about performance gotchas regarding "tryfiles" or rewrite rules, etc. I was kinda hoping that with each configuration option discussed, the author would mention the possible performance pros and cons, but I suppose to get this kind of insight, one would have to read a nginx book with that kind of particular focus.
(full disclosure: I was given a free copy of the book)
As aforementioned, this title is for beginners, people that have never played with Nginx. Anyone interested in some real world, decently serious problem-solution won’t find anything worth reading here. Forget to find inhere a step by step guide to get you compiling Nginx from the source with Passenger to serve both Ruby on Rails and Django.
It’s a book for beginners. As such, it starts with an “Hello world!”-like chapter that guides you through the installation process, which is very likely to get done through Aptitude.
Three chapters are then dedicated to the basic configuration of Nginx. This is by far the best part of the whole book. What I find particularly interesting here, is the choice of the author to present different configurations to serve different load scenarios. Mind, nothing fancy or critical, but it gives you an idea of the overall configuration of the web server.
A quick introduction to how CGI evolved gets us to chapter five, where Nginx meets FastCGI. The chapter is merely theoretical. Code snippets are as rare as unicorn sightings, but still, Clement gives an idea how to combine it with PHP and Python.
Finally the author gets to the relationship between Apache and Nginx, covering different flavors: the story starts with how they can be combined, coexisting and gets up to the point where Nginx can replace Apache.
The book itself is not bad. But it feels more like a reference, rather than a companion to the official documentation. The different options are described one by one, page after page, which is something the official website should do. I would also like to see more images, showing me the overall picture and how the different components fit into place. Those few images present could have had better quality.
So, given the very few choices out there, this book is recommended but only to newbies. Whoever is able to get Nginx up and running from the source will only get bored with this title.
As usual, you can find more reviews on my personal blog: http://books.lostinmalloc.com Feel free to pass by and share your thoughts!
This books covers a decent number of modules and their configuration settings. Wish there was more depth and emphasis on high performance scenarios and best practices.