This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
Usually you won't have to compile mod_jk, just download mod_jk.so to the location you set in httpd configuration. mod_rewrite is usually built in with newer httpd installations or very easy to set up if you read the manual. Reading the manual worked for me with Arch Linux, Red Hat Linux, Mandriva Linux and MS-windows. If you post a specific error you receive in your configuration we can provide more help. Hope this clarifies somewhat. Niklas R