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Mastering NGINX - Second Edition

By : Dimitri Aivaliotis
Book Image

Mastering NGINX - Second Edition

By: Dimitri Aivaliotis

Overview of this book

NGINX is a high-performance HTTP server and mail proxy designed to use very few system resources. But despite its power it is often a challenge to properly configure NGINX to meet your expectations. Mastering Nginx is the solution – an insider’s guide that will clarify the murky waters of NGINX’s configuration. Tune NGINX for various situations, improve your NGINX experience with some of the more obscure configuration directives, and discover how to design and personalize a configuration to match your needs. To begin with, quickly brush up on installing and setting up the NGINX server on the OS and its integration with third-party modules. From here, move on to explain NGINX's mail proxy module and its authentication, and reverse proxy to solve scaling issues. Then see how to integrate NGINX with your applications to perform tasks. The latter part of the book focuses on working through techniques to solve common web issues and the know-hows using NGINX modules. Finally, we will also explore different configurations that will help you troubleshoot NGINX server and assist with performance tuning.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Mastering NGINX - Second Edition
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Directive Reference
Persisting Solaris Network Tunings


NGINX provides a number of ways to support developers wishing to integrate a high-performance web server into their application. We looked at various possibilities of integrating both legacy and new applications. Caching plays a key role in the modern web application. NGINX offers both passive and active ways of using caching to help deliver a web page more quickly.

We also explored how NGINX can help manipulate a response by adding or replacing text. SSI are also possible with NGINX. We saw a way of integrating these commands into normal text. We then examined the powerful embedded Perl capabilities in NGINX. Image transformation is also possible using just core NGINX. We examined how to set a unique cookie to track website visitors. We wound up the chapter with a word of caution about how to prevent code from inadvertently being executed. On the whole, there are quite a few tools at the developer's disposal when working with NGINX as a web server.

We will touch upon integrating Lua...