The documentation project has made several advancements
recently with the XML-based documentation; the manual is
currently being translated into several non-English languages, the
results of which are now available, in
varying states of completeness. The man pages are
now also being generated from the same XML sources used to
generate the HTML.
Ken Coar's patches to
conditionally allow the use of URIs with an encoded slash
previously) have now been committed to the stable 2.0
branch, and can be enabled using the
If you've visited the O'Reilly Convention
web site recently you'll probably have noticed a cute Apache Week
logo. Apache Week are proud to be media sponsors for the 2003 annual
Open Source Convention being held this year in Portland Oregon from
July 7-11. Past conferences have had a heavy Apache bias, and this
year is no different with a dedicated Apache track and more than a
dozen Apache sessions and tutorials featuring some well known Apache
developers including Stas Bekman, Greg Stein, Justin Erenkrantz, and
Rich Bowen. In addition there are complete tracks relating to PHP,
MySQL, XML, and so much more that you'll have as many problems as we
always do deciding which sessions to attend.
Apache Week will be
there to give you the lowdown on the event (and the parties!) but it's
nothing like being there yourself and meeting the experts.
Registration is now open and you can get a large discount if you register before
Read the Apache Week review of the 2002
convention, the 2001 convention,
and the 2000 convention.
Billed as the "world's leading gathering place for anyone and everyone
interested in Linux and other open source technologies", LinuxWorld
Conference and Expo makes its way to San Francisco from August 4-7th
2003. Apache Week has visited LinuxWorld in the past although we
spent nearly all our time on the expo floor talking to the companies
that were doing things with Apache and ended up missing all the
This time at the conference you can hear from Apache expert and
occasional Apache Week author, Paul Weinstein, who is talking about
how to get up and running with Apache 2.0 on Linux. Apache Week's own
editor, Mark J Cox, will also be there
talking about "Security Response and Vendor Accountability for Open
Source Software," drawing directly on his experience of the way the
Apache group deal with security issues.
Find out more from the LinuxWorld website
In this section we highlight some of the articles on the web
that are of interest to Apache users.
The February 2003 issue of Linux Magazine talks about two third-party
Apache modules in
The first article explains how mod_throttle
enables you to control bandwidth usage within a server, virtual host,
directory, and location context, and also track and regulate incoming
requests by client IP addresses, authenticated remote users, or local
user IDs according to policies that require a size and a time limit.
Then it shows you how to build it as a Dynamic Shared Object (DSO)
module, install it, and implement a few policies for a real-life
scenario. Meanwhile the latter gives a brief overview of
mod_security and provides a few examples of
how its directives can be configured to secure your Web-enabled
Rich Bowen allows us a glimpse into the future Apache 2.2 in
"Safer Apache Driving with AAA".
First of all, he defines the terms authentication, authorisation, and
access control (AAA), and then highlights the major differences in
the AAA code between the development branch of the Apache 2.0
tree and Apache 2.0.45, and ends with the benefits of this change.
"mod_deflate and Apache 2.0.x"
compares the results of compression using
mod_deflate in Apache 2.0.x against
mod_gzip in Apache 1.3.x despite the different
compression algorithm used. The conclusion is that
although mod_deflate came in second, it is still an
effective way to save bandwidth.
If you plan to drop by your local bookstore this weekend, be sure to
check out these book reviews before your trip:
"Apache Server 2.0: The Complete Reference",
"Professional Apache Tomcat",
"Apache: The Definitive Guide".
Who knows, you may be tempted to add these books to your shopping list!
But then again, you may perhaps drop them from your list.