Robin started his computing career in the Cheshire homes for disabled people, where he was responsible for setting up computer rooms in a number of residential homes, and for evaluating and tailoring hardware and software so that disabled people could use the new technology - sometimes by means of only a single switch operated by mouth or finger.
After writing articles for computer magazines about his work with disabled people, he eventually worked full time for one of the country's main IT magazine publishers, where he held several roles including editorial, promotions, and cover disc editing.
With the dawn of the Internet in the 1990s, Robin branched out into developing websites. One of these presented the world's first radio station licensed by the music copyright holders, and was featured in several news reports on TV and radio networks in the United Kingdom. In order to enable people to continue to surf while listening, Robin also developed the first known pop-up windows.
Robin lives on the southeast coast of England with his wife Julie, a trained nurse, and five children, where he also finds time to foster three disabled children, as well as working full time from home as a technical author.
--Si Dunn, Sagecreek Productions
"Robin starts out assuming very little pre-knowledge and takes the student to a solid understanding of all the topics in the book. He carefully brings the reader along as skills are built, making sure not to move too fast so as to lose the reader. This is the perfect first book for someone who wants to be able to write real applications in HTML, PHP, and MySQL. "
"This is a great beginner's book that introduces several crucial web developer languages. It's a quick-paced, easy-to-read, information-packed book that will soon have you creating dynamically driven web sites, including a basic social networking site."
"Overall I found the book to be very useful for upgrading, maintaining, and overall configuration of Ubuntu. I have often found myself wondering how to fix or change something, and referring to one or several chapters in the book."
--crystal, Windsor UNIX Users Group
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--Major Keary, Linux Users of Victoria Inc.
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--Michael L. Kleper, The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing
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--Pascal Borghino, Database Architect for Yahoo! Inc