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New Edition Offers Vital Information for Apache Programmers and Administrators: O'Reilly Releases "Apache: The Definitive Guide, Third Edition"

January 13, 2003

Sebastopol, CA--Apache is far and away the most widely used web server platform in the world. Both free and rock-solid, Apache runs more than half of the world's web sites, ranging from huge e-commerce operations to corporate intranets and smaller hobby sites, and it continues to maintain it's popularity. "Netcraft reports that there are now more than ten million active sites running Apache," says Peter Laurie, coauthor with Ben Laurie of Apache: The Definitive Guide, Third Edition (O'Reilly, US $39.95), adding, "The normal turnover of life must mean that several hundred thousand Apache web sites change webmasters every year, and the newcomers can't all be experts, so we figure that there must be one or two webmasters out there who could use some basic guidance in getting started."

The third edition of "Apache: The Definitive Guide" does just that. In addition to providing detailed information that Apache site administrators have relied on for years, the authors have also included information in several different categories, including introductions to using Apache with open source scripting languages and databases. "The languages we cover include PHP, Perl, Python, and Java via Tomcat, with sample scripts to show how to use the languages to extract data from a database, to generate HTML forms on the fly, to extract new data from the returned messages and save it again in the database," Peter Laurie explains.

While this new edition will help web administrators new to Apache come up to speed quickly, experienced administrators will find the logically organized, concise reference sections indispensable, and system programmers interested in customizing their servers will rely on the chapters on the API and Apache modules.

Updated to cover the changes in Apache's latest release, 2.0, as well as Apache 1.3, "Apache: The Definitive Guide" discusses how to obtain, set up, secure, modify, and troubleshoot Apache software on both Unix and Windows systems. Dozens of clearly written examples provide answers to the real-world issues that Apache administrators face everyday. Expanded coverage of security and the Apache 2.0 API make "Apache: The Definitive Guide, Third Edition" essential documentation for the world's most popular web server.

What the critics said about the previous editions:

"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

"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 online forms etc."
--Joe McCool, Cvue, January 2000

"Another book that is a 'must have' for internet professionals using the Apache web server 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

"The book lives up to its title well; it's a great guide for getting started and maintaining a web server with Apache."
--Jon Holman, UnixReview, December 19, 2001

"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

"...an 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."
--fabrain.com, March 1999

Additional Resources:

Apache: The Definitive Guide, Third Edition
Ben Laurie and Peter Laurie
ISBN 0-596-00203-3, 568 pages, $39.95 (US), $61.95 (CAN), 28.50 (UK)
1-800-998-9938; 1-707-827-7000

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