Media praise for Apache: The Definitive Guide

"Overall this book seems to 'cover all the bases.' It was useful to me as a beginner to set up a testing webserver, and yet has extra details and information for those more advanced webmasters. The quick reference section especially, should be very useful to experienced Apache users. I would highly recommend the book for anyone wanting to start or improve their knowledge in running the Apache webserver."
--Dan Clough, Pensacola Linux User's Group, November 2003

"'Apache: The Definitive Guide' is an excellent resource for any webmaster. It provides insight into the numerous configuration options available. It covers both Apache 1.3 and 2.0 extensively, even providing Application Program Interface details for those needing to write their own apache modules...Rating 4 out 5 (Recommend)."
--Bruce Sass, Open Source Users Society, July 2003

"Much has happened with the Web since the publishing of the second edition of O'Reilly's 'Apache: The Definitive Guide' in February 1999...In conjunction with these changes, a new version of Apache (2.0) has been released. As a result, a new edition of O'Reilly's Apache guide recently has been published by Ben Laurie and Peter Laurie. The third edition contains a little under 600 pages--more than 200 extra pages than the second edition and several new's one of the best books available on Apache."
--Russell J.T. Dyer, Unix Review, April 2003

"This book walks you through the process of acquiring, compiling, installing, configuring and modifying the Apache source code. Apache is controlled through roughly 150 directives. Simply thinking about completing the whole process could scare most novice programmers away, but in reality it takes less than a half hour to do and it's well worth the effort....The book ends with a hard fold-out six page Apache Quick Reference Guide. This would be invaluable to anyone working with Apache. This concise yet thorough Quick Reference alone is worth the price of the book."
--Diana F. Arsenault, CCPCUG, February 2003

"I was very impressed with the second edition of this book, and didn't think there was much room for improvement. I was wrong...very wrong. What did they do different? An improved quick start guide, support for Apache 2.0, better layout (specific chapters for a specific topic), how to add PHP, CGI, mod_perl, mod_jserv/Tomcat, and Cocoon have been added. Just in sheer pages it's over 200 additional pages. This book is better than the 2nd Edition in many ways. It has earned its place on my bookshelf."
--Kenneth Wilcox, Boise Software Developers Group, February 2003

Reviews from Previous Edition

"My personal favorite [Apache book]...due to its clear and concise format."
--ApacheWeek, February 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, December 2001

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