Russell J.T. Dyer

Writer & Editor

the works and musings of a writer in new orleans and milan, italy • Updated: Mar 27, 2015 • hits: 3121 for site today; 1 for page this week

About this Site

This web site is primarily about me, Russell Dyer. I’m a writer and an editor. I use this site to promote my fiction writing activities. My writings on MySQL and related technical writing can be found at my site, MySQL Resources. My articles on photography can be found at my site, Foto Capito

About Russell

My full name is Russell Joseph Thadeus Dyer. I was born in New Orleans and lived most of my life there, but now live in Milan, Italy. My father was Brittish and Saxon in descent. He was a major in the Louisiana Army National Guard and a Lieutenant for the New Orleans Police Department, head of the Intelligence Division. He died of cancer when I was only three years old. My mother, of Sicilian descent remarried when I was seven and moved the family to Massachusetts for eight years before returning to New Orleans where she now lives.

As for education, I graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans primarily with a degree in English. I am now working part-time on a Master's degree in English, which I started at University of New Orleans, but later transferred to Southeastern Louisiana University outside of New Orleans in Hammond. As part of my requirements for completing my second degree in English, I am studying the Italian language in Italy.

With regards to employment, I worked for over ten years in the investment business in various roles from a clerk to a broker to a corporate executive. I have also worked in the software business for over ten years with some years overlapping my investment work, beginning in 1981 selling Tandy TRS-80 Model One—the start of microcomputers.

I have published hundreds of articles and a few books about computer software. One of my books was published by the premier computer book publisher O'Reilly Media. It’s in its second edition and has been translated to several languages. As for my fiction work, this field is more competitive and I have not made sufficient time for developing or promoting my writings in this area. However, a few of my shorter pieces can be read on this site (see the short stories tab at the top). Additionally, I have written a humorous novel called In Search of Kafka, which can be purchased on Amazon’s web site. My second novel, Not a Step is nearly finished and should be published this year.

My Books

Below are a few of my books that have been published and are still in print. Click on the book cover image to go to a site where you can buy each book.

In Search of Kafka

This is my first novel. It’s what I call a hi-tech comical thriller. It’s not about Kafka, incidentally. It’s about a computer programmer who inadvertently breaks into a Starbucks’ computer server and gets into trouble as a result. Throughout the novel he’s being hunted by Homeland Security.

MySQL in a Nutshell

This is a reference book (the second edition) which I wrote on the computer database software, MySQL. It’s not an interesting read, but it’s useful if you’re a MySQL software developer. If you’re interested in this topic, you should also check out my web site on MySQL Resources.

Learning MySQL and MariaDB

If you want to learn about MySQL and MariaDB, this is the book for you. It will be published late in 2014. It assumes you have no experience in developing databases.

MySQL Replication

This particular book on MySQL Replication is a tutorial and a reference book which I wrote on the subject.