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Each month we profile a member of the Pragmatic Bookshelf team. This month it’s Brian Hogan, author, web developer, trainer, musician, and Pragmatic Bookshelf development editor.
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Brian Hogan, Development Editor and Author

Brian both edits and writes books for The Pragmatic Bookshelf. He’d written a few articles in 2006 on how he was deploying production Rails applications on Windows servers, and the authors of Deploying Rails Applications asked him to contribute a chapter to the book. “I fell in love with everything about the Prags from that point on. I worked with two amazing development editors—Daniel Steinberg and Susannah Pfalzer—who helped me put together some good stuff, and I thought it would be great to be able to do the same thing for other authors.”

For Brian, the author/editor combination works really well. “Since I’ve written some books, I know how the authors feel. I know the kinds of questions they’re going to have and the types of problems they’ll encounter at various stages of their books. And when I go back to a writing project of my own, I have a much greater appreciation of the whole book publishing process.

“I love helping authors develop stories. As a DE, I’m often a sounding board for their ideas, but I also get to suggest things that might help the reader connect the dots. I also love the teaching aspect. It’s very satisfying to see how much an author grows throughout the project and it’s fun to be a small part of that. I like to write code, and so it’s fun to learn about new technologies and try things out. I get to be the author’s first reader sometimes, and that’s a blast.

“A little-known fact about me is that my father, daughter, and I were all born with congenital cataracts. When I was a baby I had surgery to remove the lenses in my eyes. I wear contact lenses and glasses, but have relatively reduced vision and I routinely use assistive technology when I’m writing code or working on books. I’m a somewhat loud advocate of web accessibility, and I’m always looking for ways to help other people understand that accessibility makes things more usable for everyone.”

Website: bphogan.com

Email: brian@pragprog.com

Twitter: @bphogan