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Understanding Linux Web Hosting

   by Don Denoncourt / Barry Kline

    Mc Press
    July, 2002


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Editorial description(s):

From Book News, Inc.
This is a guide to setting up a complete Linux environment on which to learn about various Web technologies. As students move through the text and the accompanying labs, they will build a system complete with a database management system, a Web server, and server-side Java. Information is applicable to any platform on which Linux will run. Learning features include chapter summaries, key terms, review questions, and programming assignments. Denoncourt is an IT consultant. Kline is a software developer.Copyright © 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

About the Author
I'm Don Denoncourt, and I'm a Java evangelist. I spent 10 years in the world of business applications design using RPG and COBOL. One day I began to wonder if there was more to programming than structured applications. I bid farewell to friends and family and moved fifteen hundred miles to be a systems programmer at ASNA. There I began a journey of enlightenment as the masters of ASNA taught me the tenets of object-oriented programming with C++. I learned that, although structured techniques had served AS/400 programmers well, there was a better way. After five years, I was ready to come down off the mountaintop and preach the gospel of object-oriented programming. But C++ was a language for computer scientists; not business applications programmers. I needed a language that was not as complex and error-prone as C++ and yet was purely object-oriented. The company called Sun delivered that language to me in the form of Java.

The way is object-oriented programming; the language of the way is Java.

Midrange Computing has seen fit to give me access to a powerful media to spread my Java evangelism -- as a senior technical editor for Midrange Computing. It is my job to help MC readers prepare themselves for a future that involves the bandwidth of the Internet and the language and platform of Java. I thoroughly enjoy it.

Book Description
The Linux operating system was initially created by Linus Torvalds, who began his work in 1991 and worked steadily until 1994 when Version 1.0 of the Linux Kernel was released. Developed under the GNU General Public License, Linux source code is freely available to everyone, and Linux is therefore often considered an excellent, low-cost alternative to more expensive operating systems. The Linux operating system may be used as an end-user platform as well as for a wide variety of other purposes, including networking and software development. By virtue of its functionality and availability, Linux has become quite popular. As a result, students around the world have been seeking Linux education. This book is a guide to setting up a complete Linux environment on which to learn about the various Web technologies. As you move through the text and the accompanying labs, you will build a system replete with a database management system, a Web server, and server-side Java. And you'll understand how it all works. Because the whole system is based on Linux, that wonder of the open-source era, everything you learn here is applicable to any platform on which Linux will run. These platforms include Apple hardware, Intel and Intel-compatible hardware, and, of course, the eServer iSeries by IBM.

Reader review(s):

Nice way to upgrade java job skills, May 9, 2004
A nice description of how to install various server side Java applications on a linux box. The narrative is straightforward to follow, and does not involve much previous acquaintance with linux. It does help, however, to know some Java, going into this book, which does not attempt to teach it, per se.

You can see that it is easy to install a web server container, and to hook this up to a backend database. All of which can be free, open source code! Given that this rests on a free linux operating system, the combination is ideal for startups or those of you on limited budgets.

An alternative reason for using this book is pedagogic. You can learn about running web servers and databases, even if you have no current need, but want to understand and be able to say that you know this material. For example, if you want to upgrade your job skills.

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