David Powers is the author of more than 20 bestselling books and video training courses on web design, concentrating mainly on PHP, CSS, and Dreamweaver. His video courses, Introducing PHP and PHP for Web Designers, are among the most popular PHP courses in the lynda.com Online Training Library.
One of David’s earliest books, PHP Solutions: Dynamic Web Design Made Easy was chosen by Carolyn Wood, Editor of Digital Web Magazine, as her favourite book of 2006. The book, now in its third edition, remains consistently popular. David’s books have also been translated into Spanish, Polish, Italian, Korean, and Chinese.
The appeal of David’s books and video courses comes from a combination of his use of clear, jargon-free language—something he gained through many years as a radio and TV journalist—and the way he anticipates where readers are likely to make mistakes. Readers often say that, just as they’re about to start tearing out their hair, the solution is right there in the book. David is an expert in PHP, HTML, and CSS. He was one of the first people to qualify as a PHP 5.3 Zend Certified Engineer.
In addition to writing books and creating video courses, David also teaches web design and development at university level in the UK.
Originally trained as a linguist, David joined the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) shortly after graduating from Cambridge University with a degree in Russian and French. In 1980, he was seconded to the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) as an adviser on English-language broadcasting. During his four years with NHK, he learned to speak and read Japanese. The BBC assigned him back to Japan in 1987, this time as a radio and TV correspondent. As well as reporting on the rise and collapse of the Japanese bubble economy, his knowledge of Russian enabled him to secure an interview with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. In 1991, David was elected President of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan. Just before he left Japan in 1992, he published Fushigi no Kuni no Tokuhain (Correspondent in Wonderland), a collection of essays about life in Japan.
Back in the UK, David was appointed Editor of BBC Japanese TV in 1994. It was in this capacity that he realized the potential of the internet for promoting the channel cheaply and effectively. Without an advertising budget to draw on, he designed and developed what eventually became an 80-page Japanese-English website. After leaving the BBC in 1999, David developed bilingual websites for leading clients, and did media training for Asian subsidiaries of a major US pharmaceutical company. He now concentrates on creating video courses, writing books, and teaching. He has also translated several musical plays from Japanese to English.
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