"Administering Apache" is the latest in Osborne Media's
"Administering" series. This book differentiates itself from
the other Apache books available by approaching the task of
setting up a web server from a management perspective, by
explaining the management issues involved, guiding the users
through the initial stage of planning, and setting up the
necessary policies after taking into account the concerns and
major considerations for various strategies.
Although "Administering Apache" is hot off the press, the
same cannot be said of its contents. Inconsistencies on the
version of Apache used can be found throughout the book, with
mentions of apache_1.3.6 in a few chapters and apache_1.3.9
in others. The author is also confused about the SSL
additions for Apache, telling the reader that "SSLeay is an
application programmer interface to the OpenSSL library" and
that you need SSLeay and OpenSSL in order to use Apache-SSL.
Its target audience comprises Internet Service Providers who
aim to provide more secure services, web developers,
applications programmers, right up to the corporate system
administrator. For professional web administrators or
experienced Apache users, this book will not add much to your
already in-depth knowledge of Apache, but you might still be
attracted to read it for its strategies, server management
tips, and policies - as well as for its entertaining
our full review]
VA Linux and MySQL have joined forces to make
MySQL an open-source technology. The idea is to help
accelerate development and use of the popular database query
language - one of the most popular for Linux. This means
MySQL has become available under the GPL allowing programmers
from around the globe to contribute to the development of the
project. MySQL can be integrated easily with Apache, and PHP
provides a perfect interface between the two.
Quorner reveal that Apache 1.3.12 comes second to
AOLserver 3.0 in terms of requests/second and transfer
speeds. Tested using Apache Bench, the benchmark utility
supplied with Apache, Apache is thrashed by AOLserver 3.0 but
still holds its own against Zope. Tests were performed on
RedHat 6.2, on a Dell P3-700 with 256 MB of RAM. Benchmarks
do not give a true picture of the speed of a web server,
since they provide an environment unlike the real use of the
software. Commercial software is often tuned to perform well
in benchmarks, so a good performance simply indicates that
the software works well for that benchmark, not that it has
good real-world performance.
Martin C. Brown's latest article in Apache Today explains how
template-driven pages to simplify administrative tasks.
It explains how to configure Apache to include HTML files
into template pages so you can have a site which you can
re-design with minimum effort.
Stas Bekman, author for "the mod_perl guide" and Apache
Software Foundation member, takes the effort out of
installing mod_perl by
providing a way to get it up and running in 30 minutes.
Ideal if you've been slightly daunted by it in the past.
Thanks to the eagle-eyed readers who spotted the problems
with one of the articles that we featured in last weeks
Apache Week (issue
#204). In part two of
"Learning Perl/CGI for Apache," Geeks404 give a CGI
script that displays data passed in from a form. However as
we reported in February, (issue
#188), without proper encoding when displaying entered
data, users can embed malicious HTML tags. This type of
attack can be used, for example, to steal users cookies.