This book has four parts:

Part I: mod_perl Administration
Part I of this book focuses on the administration of mod_perl: getting it installed, configuring mod_perl and your web site as a whole, performing upgrades, and doing maintenance.

Chapter 1: Introducing CGI and mod_perl
Chapter 2: Getting Started Fast
Chapter 3: Installing mod_perl
Chapter 4: mod_perl Configuration
Chapter 5: Web Server Control, Monitoring, Upgrade, and Maintenance
Chapter 6: Coding with mod_perl in Mind

Part II: mod_perl Performance
Part II of the book is about how to use mod_perl to its fullest: it covers choosing a hardware platform, writing code, configuring the operating system, and configuring the Apache/mod_perl server itself.

Chapter 7: Identifying Your Performance Problems
Chapter 8: Choosing a Platform for the Best Performance
Chapter 9: Essential Tools for Performance Tuning
Chapter 10: Improving Performance with Shared Memory and Proper Forking
Chapter 11: Tuning Performance by Tweaking Apache's Configuration
Chapter 12: Server Setup Strategies
Chapter 13: TMTOWTDI: Convenience and Habit Versus Perf ormance
Chapter 14: Defensive Measures for Performance Enhancement
Chapter 15: Improving Performance Through Build Options
Chapter 16: HTTP Headers for Optimal Performance

Part III: Databases and mod_perl
Part III tackles how to integrate databases with mod_perl in the most effective and efficient manner.

Chapter 17: Databases Overview
Chapter 18: mod_perl Data-Sharing Techniques
Chapter 19: DBM and mod_perl
Chapter 20: Relational Databases and mod_perl

Part IV: Debugging and Troubleshooting
Part IV of the book discusses how to uncover errors in mod_perl code and how to correct them.

Chapter 21: Error Handling and Debugging
Chapter 22: Troubleshooting mod_perl
Chapter 23: Getting Help and Online Resources

Part V
Part V covers the aspects of the new mod_perl 2.0.

Chapter 24: mod_perl 2.0: Installation and Configuration
Chapter 25: Programming for mod_perl 2.0

Part VI
Part VI contains the following useful appendixes:

Appendix A: mod_perl Recipes
Appendix B: Apache Perl Modules
Appendix C: ISPs Providing mod_perl Services
Appendix D: The Template Toolkit
Appendix E: The AxKit XML Application Server
Appendix F: HTTP Status Codes