Book progress

I have submitted chapter 10 – “Aways use shell programs” – of my book to my publisher. This chapter is about all of the reasons to use shell scripts to automate the SysAdmins’ work. It uses a sample script template to illustrate one method for development of scripts in the SysAdmin world including creating a statement of requirements, using a template as a starting point, coding, testing, and the issues of speed in development vs that of functional performance.

I am currently working on chapter 11 – “Test early, test often.” This chapter may take a little longer than usual to complete due to some foot surgery scheduled for this week. Chapter 11 goes into more detail about testing for SysAdmins including creation of a simple test plan, testing as part of development, and testing in production.

At the moment I am a good bit ahead of my submission schedule and hope to stay that way despite the slight delay.

Book Deal Signed

I recently signed a contract for a book deal with Apress publishing. My book is tentatively titled, “The Linux Philosophy for System Administrators.” My intention is for it to be the book that I wish I had when I started as a System Administrator (SysAdmin) many years ago.

Apress specializes in books for IT professionals, developers, and technical communities around the world. I am pleased to be associated with them in this effort.

I will post more information over the coming weeks and months in order to let you know more about the book itself and to keep you abreast of our progress. I do not currently have a publication date but I think it will be sometime in the second half of 2018.


Welcome to my renovated blog

I have just renovated my personal blog – yes, this one – because I have some interesting news coming up soon. I will share it as soon as I can, and I am very excited. All of the old stuff you used to find here is no longer available so don’t bother looking for it.

Stay tuned for more details as they become available.