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Neumont College of Computer Science was founded in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2003, to fill the growing national demand for industry-ready technology professionals by offering bachelor’s degree in three years that immerses students in a rigorous, project-based curriculum. This blog serves as a platform to publish and share, news, reviews, and stories from Utah's best kept tech secret. 

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An instructor, a book, and a server admin class

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About six months ago, Instructor Kerry Cox was asked to teach Neumont University's Server Admin III: Web Class. To prepare for the course, he spent some time on Windows and Linux refreshing his expertise in web-based server administration for both operating systems. However, Kerry soon found that most learning materials for Linux-based systems were minimal. In fact, the most recent book on Apache was more than 10 years old. 

So he wrote the book he needed.

Over the next few months, Kerry wrote how-to documents for students in the class. His goal was for students to tackle a new topic each day. In lessons that covered Apache and Nginx, students would install and configure the web server to ensure they worked correctly. Labs then required students to get the web server to perform a specific function. By the end of the quarter, Kerry had more than 10 how-to documents covering open-source, web-based applications. 

Next, Kerry delved into LaTeX editing (an XML-based or unique markup language for mathematical publication that allows an author to write once and publish to any format). His goal was to turn the how-to documents into a text book for future students. 

Long story short, I have published my chapters into a PDF-based book.

Computer Science Program Chair Steve Halladay who has created his own publishing company provided Kerry with an ISBN number for the book. The first copies of the physical text recently arrived on campus. 

Although the book was written specifically for a Neumont University course, Kerry believes individuals will also find the text helpful to learn more about open-source web-based servers. 

Current Student Tracie Wamsley, who is enrolled in web design and development degree program, designed the cover for the book. 

She did a great job! And, I was happy to showcase the work of our students in my book. You'll also find the names of several students who contributed feedback to my work. 

Kerry plans to write three more books focused on Linux in the future for Neumont University students. 

You can purchase the book on Amazon.