My first book was a leap of faith. An acquisitions editor discovered me on a USENET group and asked for sample chapters on CGI web programming. I contributed eagerly without payment, just for the love of writing. They were impressed and offered me a CGI Primer Plus for Windows book deal.
I left my job at Berkeley Design to pursue this opportunity. It was my ticket to start an entrepreneurial journey I couldn't resist. At the same time, I signed an unbelievable contract to develop a web infrastructure for LPL Financial. Taking on writing my first book concurrently with a massive client web project was an intense, high-stakes way to launch my entrepreneurial career.
Looking back, it was a formative experience. The book helped establish my reputation. The web project baptized me in real-world skills. Most importantly, I discovered my passion for technology writing.
Since then, I've been privileged to find two great partners and build companies together, including a VC-funded startup in the World Trade Center. But it all started with writing that first book. Sometimes, you have to take a chance and see where it leads. I'm glad I did.
"Kabir has done it again! The Apache Server 2 Bible is an invaluable reference for both beginning and experienced administrators." - SysAdmin Magazine.
This book was published in many major foreign languages such as Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, and Spanish, and was widely received worldwide.
It includes a chapter based on my experience scaling Apache web servers using F5 load balancers for a widely known tech brand that predated Google in search. Configuring the F5 load balancers for SSL termination was challenging but ultimately fun.
Writing for Red Hat Press was an honor. I was told that two of my books were among the very first published by their official press. Seeing Red Hat recommend my books for their certification programs was lovely.
I saw such recommendations on USENET newsgroups as well. I have always favored Red Hat Linux for enterprise use. Whenever Red Hat licenses were not an option, I opted for Fedora and CentOS. The security and standardized filesystem layout of Red Hat works well when training new engineers on Linux.
Red Hat Server has been a trustworthy platform for me for decades. I have had enterprise servers running Red Hat Linux for years. Running the 'uptime' command on these systems was fun, serving as a reminder of how stable the Linux operating system has become. We have converted countless systems from SunOS, Solaris, and AS400 to Linux.
My company, EVOKNOW, runs hundreds of Linux servers in the cloud to service mid-size enterprise companies worldwide. I truly am blessed to have discovered Linux in 1992, in my sophomore year at university, and have never considered using anything else to create public-facing servers since.
Red Hat Survival Guide attempted to create a bite-sized guide that is compact yet packed with practical information. Red Hat sealed and approved the book with the tagline:
"Survive installing and configuring Red Hat Linux with this handy quick reference by your side.
" This quick reference contained the core information needed to install and configure the Red Hat Linux operating system, focusing on home and office use cases.
Professional Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 is a complete guide to deploying RHEL in corporate environments. It covers Enterprise Server features like high availability with the Red Hat Cluster Suite, advanced Apache configuration, building high-performance FTP and mail servers by replacing Sendmail, efficient user account management, and more.
With each new release of Red Hat Server, starting with Red Hat Linux Server 6 through version 9, I have written an accompanying server administration book.
At the time, I was developing an object-oriented PHP programming framework. This book showcases an early edition of that framework and 50 applications built using it. I had always disliked the available PHP frameworks, so I wrote a new one from scratch. My company still uses and maintains that custom framework today.
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