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2.8 Summary

This basic introduction to the Apache platform and architecture sets the scene for the following chapters. We have now looked at the following aspects of Apache:

  • The Apache architecture, and its relationship to the operating system
  • The roles of the principal components: MPMs, APR, and modules
  • The separation of tasks into initialization and operation
  • The fundamental Apache objects and (briefly) the API header files
  • Configuration basics
  • The request processing cycle
  • The data axis and filter architecture

Nothing in this general overview is specific to C programming, so Chapter 2 should be equally relevant to scripting languages. Together with the next two chapters (on the APR and programming techniques, respectively), it provides the essential basis for understanding the core information and advanced topics covered in Chapters 5–11. In those chapters, the concepts introduced here are examined in more detail, and demonstrated in the context of developing real applications.

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