You are the CTO of Cooper McGregor. Introduce the company to our readers.
Cooper McGregor was founded in 2001 by myself, Richard Cooper Bowen, and my partner, Chad McGregor Crouch, for the purpose of moving more into Apache server training. There are, as far as I know, no other companies in the USA which do Apache server training as their specialty. There are a number of companies that do Apache training as part of a larger curriculum, but I don't think that any of them have an ASF member doing the training. CM is located in Wilmore, Kentucky, and we also are available to do training at other locations around the country and around the world.
How long have you been working with Apache, and how did you get interested in it?
I've been using Apache since the initial release in 1995, and I was using the NCSA server, from which Apache evolved, prior to that.
Although my formal training is in mathematics, I started doing web stuff when I was in graduate school at the University of Kentucky. I grew up in Kenya, East Africa, and I was looking on the (very young and small, at that time) web for sites about Kenya. There weren't any, so I started one. That site is one of the more popular Kenya web sites, and draws visitors from around the world to discuss events in Kenya, and other topics of interest to Kenyans.
As I started working more with Apache, I found the documentation frustrating and incomplete. It lacked examples, and explanations that were there were occasionally difficult to understand. About that same time, by a strange series of events, I was asked to be an author for the book "Apache Server Unleashed." As part of the process of writing that book, I started to contribute small changes back into the documentation, which led to me eventually becoming a part of the documentation project.
How long did it take you to co-write the "Apache Administrator's Handbook" and what was it like?
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