Welcome — you’ve reached my professional page. I’m John Cooper, Principal Technical Editor for the Fusion Middleware team at Oracle, where my mission is to ensure that all our documentation is effective and helpful. Before working at Oracle, I was a senior technical editor in the building efficiency division of Johnson Controls. I’ve also written and edited content for companies including Microsoft, Compuware, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, Sylvan Learning, and Kohler, among others.
I live in Portland, Oregon and work with colleagues in Canada, India, and California. I was trained in technical communication at the University of Washington in Seattle after an early career in software quality assurance at Aldus and Adobe, where I was part of the development team for the desktop publishing products PageMaker, InDesign, and InCopy.
Language is my passion, and I believe that as a writer and editor of English, no tools will better serve you than Bryan Garner’s Modern English Usage and the best American and British dictionaries. In addition, anyone who cares about words in print or on screen needs Robert Bringhurst’s The Elements of Typographic Style.
I prefer Macintosh computers, but I happily concede that the alternatives have been getting better. My other personal interests include hiking and socializing with my wife, Jo Brown; the music of the late Scott Miller, especially that of his post-Game Theory band the Loud Family; music by a wide variety of other late twentieth century bands and performers, from Phil Ochs to Nick Cave; fiction by Gene Wolfe, Vladimir Nabokov, Raymond Chandler, and Patrick O’Brian; history, physical anthropology, paleontology, and the usual stuff: food and travel. In the art museum, you’ll find me in the early Renaissance gallery.