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Saturday, April 7th, 2018

My PHP book is finally available!

I've been teaching online PHP courses for over 10 years, and one thing I've always wanted to do is publish a book on PHP programming. Thanks to Steve Hayes at For Dummies I finally got that opportunity! The PHP, MySQL, & JavaScript All-in-One for Dummies book is finally complete and published. It walks the reader through the basics of web page design, then covers the basics of HTML5 and CSS3 coding to create your website. Next it dives into the world of JavaScript, showing how to create dynamic web pages using both JavaScript and the popular jQuery library. After that the book turns its focus to PHP coding, covering all of the basics of PHP version 7, and how to use PHP to create a dynamic server-side web application. Next up is a full discussion on the MySQL database, and of course, how to use it in your PHP programs. The last two minibooks in the book are my favorites. For those who've taken my online PHP courses, these two minibook pick up where my courses left off. They cover how to create object-oriented PHP web applications, and how to create a PHP web application using the popular CakePHP framework package. I hope everyone enjoys the book, and that it helps expand your PHP and JavaScript skills!

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Thursday, October 20th, 2016

LPIC-2 Study Guide finally available

The LPIC-2 Linux Professional Institute Certification Study Guide, 2nd Edition is finally available for purchase! There was somewhat of a delay due to the upcoming exam changes. The book covers both the current version 4.0 and the upcoming version 4.5 of the exam objectives. Christine and I are thankful to the team at LPI for helping us with the advanced copy of the version 4.5 objectives, and grateful to fellow author Bo Rothwell for being gracious in giving us a heads-up on the upcoming changes.

The LPIC-2 exams cover more advanced server topics needed for becoming a Linux system administrator in a larger organization. We hope that this book will help students pass both the 201 and 202 exams, and gain valuable knowledge in Linux system administration!

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Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Updated Python for Raspberry Pi book!

With the changes to the Raspberry Pi 2 device Christine and I decided to update our Teach Yourself Python Programming for Raspberry Pi in 24 Hours book. We've added more content to cover the changes to the Pi 2, plus fixed many of the typo's from the first edition. The Pi 2 is much more powerful than the original Pi devices, so you can do lots more things with your Python programs!

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Useful Web sites:


Here's where I keep up to date on the latest Linux distribution news.

The most popular desktop Linux distribution.

A popular full-featured Linux distribution, great for both desktops and servers.

Web Programming

PHP online manual
The ultimate resource in all PHP programming topics

MySQL online manual
The MySQL database online manual.

A great online tutorial and reference for many Web programming languages.

Bass Guitar

Fender basses
One of my favorites, I love the Fender Jazz bass. It's such a versatile instrument you can take it to just about any gig!

Lakland basses
The Lakland Skyline 55-01 bass is yet another of my favorite basses!

Bible Study

Reformed Theological Seminary
When I'm not reading computer books, I'm doing bible studies. The Reformed Theological Seminary has some great online courses for free that cover the basics of reformed theology.
A smorgasbord of more reformed and evangelical seminary course recordings, all for free!