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Sunday, February 9th, 2020

LPI Linux Essentials Study Guide

Christine and I have just released an update to our Linux Essentials book. This time however Sybex decided to convert it into the standard Study Guide series, so there are plenty of sample questions and exercises to help prepare you for the LPI Linux Essentials exam! The LPI Linux Essentials Study Guide walks through all of the objectives for the exam, and provides sample questions and exercises to help you pass the exam!

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Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

Linux certification updates

Comptia and the Linux Professional Institute have parted ways and now each have their own Linux exams. Christine and I have just released our updated exam books - Comptia Linux+ Study Guide and LPIC-1 Study Guide. Each one covers all of the objectives for the respective updated exams, provides practice exams, and instructor materials for teaching classes based on the exams. Check out our books if you're planning on studying for one (or both) of the certifications!

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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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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!