"HTTP Pocket Reference" by Clinton Wong and "Apache Pocket
Reference" by Andrew Ford are two new additions to the
O'Reilly Pocket Reference series with sixteen other titles to
For those who are unfamiliar with this series, they are small
handy quick reference books measuring 4.25 by 7 inches. These
two books have only one body; divided into main sections and
not chapters. The sections are not numbered and continue on
the same page where the previous section ends, giving the
impression that both books contain only one long chapter.
On its back cover, O'Reilly markets the "Apache Pocket
Reference" as a companion volume to "Writing Apache Modules
with Perl and C" and "Apache: The Definitive Guide, 2nd
Edition". With only 111 pages and 18 main sections, the
content kick off with a clear explanation of the
typographical conventions used, followed by a brief outline
of the command-line options for starting and stopping Apache.
Then it lists all the directories, support utilities and
modules that are included in the Apache web server
distribution together with short descriptions.
We think this short and compendious book is most suitable for
solution providers and professional services personnel who
are working with Apache web server and constantly on the
move, as it is packed with technical information, highly
portable, fits snugly in back pocket or jacket pocket and can
be whipped out in a second when one Apache directive keeps
eluding the mind. It is truly the constant companion for
die-hard Apache users and like it or not, the copy you own
will soon have dog-eared pages.
Moving on to our next book, "HTTP Pocket Reference" is aimed
at providing a better understanding of HTTP for busy people
such as system administrators, web site designers and
developers, not to mention software engineers who need to
grasp the gist of this subject without spending too much time
poring over it. For such a thin book, it manages to cram
technical facts, dumps of HTTP transactions, many diagrams
and tables within only 80 pages.
This book is the perfect starting point for curious and
uninitiated Web surfers who want to deepen their knowledge of
how it all works. For the technical professional, this will
serve as the quick reference guide to server response codes,
HTTP headers, character encoding, and Internet MIME types.
These two books have been such a joy to review we are now
anxiously awaiting the imminent publication of the next of
these guides, the mod_perl Pocket Reference - which will of
course review if they send us a free copy.
our full review of both books]
It's August and our colleagues at O'Reilly have given us four
copies of each of their books "Apache Pocket Reference" and
"HTTP Pocket Reference" to give away to help us celebrate.
For a chance to get your hands on a copy of each of these
books, answer this simple question:
Which one of the following is not an Apache-XML project
A) Xerces, B) Xalan, or C) Xena
Send your answer (A, B, or C) to firstname.lastname@example.org
to reach us no later than August 15th 2000. Your e-mail
address will not be used for anything other than to let you
know if you won. Four winners will be drawn at random from
all correct entries submitted, one entry per person, no cash
alternative, editors' decision is final, so there.
on the Appaloosa Awards has been updated to include some
pictures of the winners. The Appaloosa Awards were announced
at the O'Reilly Open Source Conference. The winners included
ASF members Ryan Bloom, Lars Eilebrecht, Roy Fielding, Doug
McEachern, Dirk-Willem Van Guilik on behalf of Apache XML
projects, and Rasmus Lerdorf on behalf of the PHP team.
Apache Site: www.apache.org/httpd
Release: 1.3.12 (Released 25th February
Alpha: 2.0a4 (Released 7th June 2000) (local download
Apache 1.3.12 is the current stable release. Users of Apache
1.3.11 and earlier on Unix and Windows systems should upgrade
to this version. Read the Guide
to 1.3.12, the Guide
to 1.3.11 for information about changes between 1.3.9 and
1.3.11 and the Guide to
1.3.9 for information about changes between 1.3.6 and
A number of additions and fixes have been made to Apache
1.3.12 with a view to releasing Apache 1.3.13 sometime in
A series of alpha releases of Apache 2.0 are being made
available from the Apache site. The
latest alpha is due to be released today and has a number of
additions and fixes since the fourth alpha released at the
start of June. The Apache alpha series have shown themselves
to be quite stable, but should still not be considered even
In this section we highlight some of the latest articles on
the web that are of interest to Apache users. Ryan Bloom's
latest article in Apache Today gives a concise guide on how
setup and compile Apache 2.0.
The Developer Shed kick off their series about PHP in "PHP
101 (Part 1) - Secret Agent Man". With a strange James
Bond feel the article covers variables, operators and the
include() function call.