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Order (or just read more about) The Apache Module Book from Amazon.com
Aaargh.. C code. I never thought I'd say that, but there it is. I must
be getting old..
Oh well, at least I can still read it. And this book did open my
eyes to the inner workings of Apache - I had really never thought much
about any of this before. As simple examples are presented, I was
tempted to try them out (you can download from http://www.apachetutor.org). Actually, as I looked
at those, I realized that many of the things I do with Perl could
be accomplished directly wih a custom module, which of course would
have far less overhead and would run considerably quicker. Sucked
in by that, I looked deeper and thought that most of what I'm doing
wouldn't give me any real headaches in C (heck, I'm rusty but not
completely locked up yet). So..
So I futzed around a bit. Nick's book is easy to follow and the
examples he uses are really simple frameworks that I could easily
extend to the functionality I really need. I may never get to the
point of actually replacing all my current cgi scripts with a module,
but it is eye opening to realize that I actually could.
That surprised me a bit. I don't mean to trivialize this at
all, and there are plenty of things to be concerned about in
more complex modules (Nick does cover the "gotcha's" and all that),
but I didn't expect that useful functionality would be this
easy to obtain.. might even be fun!
Well written, easy to follow, seems comprehensive to me. You
will need at least read-only comfort with C and of course would
need a bit more to actually implement this stuff.
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