The shepWorks blog is a compilation of universal notes, written by Marshall Shepherd.

Being a child of the Information Age, I was naturally curious about all of the various parts and pieces of web applications. My job (back in 1997) was just beginning to integrate computers into daily workflows and I was eager to learn. (I also maintained the Avionic systems on F-15 aircraft for the U.S. Air Force.)

The best way to learn is by doing. So sometime around the early 2000’s I began setting up, developing, testing, deleting, configuring, and all around tinkering with all parts of web development. It was my hobby. I tried different operating systems, different web servers, different back-end programming languages, different database servers, designing queries, and developing for different screen layouts. I read every book and web page I could find on the subject. Also, my job at the time, involved converting U.S. Air Force traditional classroom instruction into interactive learning modules for students to take online. So everything I learned at home, I was applying at work every day.

So I setup this server using a LAMP stack. If you don’t know what that is, it stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. All of these are open source (free) and are widely used around the globe.

Welcome to my blog. It’s a work in progress. Thanks for stopping by.