Apache Guide: For More Information ...

By Rich Bowen (Send Email)
Posted Feb 15, 2001


I get email every day asking for good sources for more information on a variety of things from Apache to CGI to mod_perl. So, this article is as much for me as for you -- so that I can email back a quick URL to answer their question.

I get email every day asking for good sources for more information on a variety of things from Apache to CGI to mod_perl. So, this article is as much for me as for you -- so that I can email back a quick URL to answer their question. ... If you'd like more information on the Apache server, there are just a few places that are highly recommended.

Apache

If you'd like more information on the Apache server, there are just a few places that are highly recommended. I've split these into the following categories:

Web
Usenet
Mailing list
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Web resources

On the web, the following resources should be considered, if you want the right answer, and want it fast.

The Apache Server web site

The official Apache Server web site, at http://httpd.apache.org/ , is a part of the web site of the Apache Software Foundation (http://www.apache.org/). It is the most authoritative source of information on the Apache Server. It also has the distinction that when changes are made to the Apache documentation, these changes are almost immediately reflected on the Apache web site.

There are a number of mirrors of the Apache web site. In fact, you can set up your own mirror of the Apache web site if you want. For information on becoming an Apache mirror site, see http://www.apache.org/info/how-to-mirror.html

Apache Today

The Apache Today web site (http://www.apachetoday.com/) is a great source for in-depth tutorials about Apache, written by some of the leading experts in the Apache field. Ryan Bloom, Stas Bekman, and Ken Coar all write for Apache Today, and they are all members of the ASF, as well as active contributors to the project.

Articles appearing on Apache Today frequently will make it into the official Apache documentation.

Apache Week

In addition to producing a weekly mailing list, Apache Week (http://www.apacheweek.com/ contains an enormous wealth of article dating back a number of years, on a variety of topics relating to Apache.

Apache Week is also the best place to get an idea of the history of the Apache project. Looking back through back issues will tell you about all the major events in the life of the Apache server, back to the earliest releases. It is a very important historical archive.

Historical documentation is extremely hard to come by in most computer projects, as people are much more interested in the latest and greatest version, rather than considering where we have come from. Web sites like Apache Week and http://history.perl.org/ are resources that we should support and encourage.

Apache Server Web Ring

Ken Coar's Apache Software web ring, at http://Apache-Server.Com/WebRing/ is a collection of sites that Ken believes are valuable Apache Server web sites. And, if Ken thinks that they are good Apache sites, then they probably are, since Ken is one of the leading experts on the Apache Server.

Usenet

Usenet, also known as Internet Newsgroups, as well as a variety of other names, is a distributed discussion forum. There are just a few Usenet groups that pertain to the Apache server and related subjects.

comp.infosystems.www.servers.*

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