About MC

About Martin ‘MC’ Brown

A professional writer since 1998, Martin MC Brown is the author of both the Perl and Python “Annotated Archives” and “Complete Reference” (all four Osborne/McGraw-Hill), “IIS 6 Delta Guide” (Sams Publishing) and 14 other published computing titles. His expertise spans myriad development languages and platforms – Perl, Python, Java, JavaScript, Basic, Pascal, Modula-2, C, C++, Rebol, Gawk, Shellscript, Windows, Solaris, Linux, BeOS, Microsoft WP, Mac OS and more – as well as web programming, systems management and integration. MC has been a regular contributor to ServerWatch.com and IBM developerWorks and numerous other sites and magazines. He was also technical writer for MySQL (later at both Sun Microsystems and Oracle), for 4.5 years.

He has also been a regular writer of white papers and ‘how to’ guides for Microsoft on subjects such as migrating Solaris/Unix/Linux development and systems administration to Windows 2000 and 2003 Server product lines. He draws on a rich and varied background as founder member of a leading UK ISP, systems manager and IT consultant for an advertising agency and Internet solutions group, technical specialist for an intercontinental ISP network, and database designer and programmer – and as a self-confessed compulsive consumer of computing hardware and software. In his formative pre-writing life he spent 10 years designing and managing mixed platform environments. As a result he has developed a rare talent of being able to convey the benefits and intricacies of his subject with equal measures of enthusiasm, professionalism, in-depth knowledge and insight. When not writing he has in the past developed data-rich websites and web-based applications for clients such as Hewlett-Packard and Oracle, but now spends the majority of his time on his own venture, Foodware and the public side of that project, Cheffy.com.

MC currently works as the VP of Products for Continuent.