Over the years I've steadily improved my skills in all areas except for Apache, well maybe minimally. I'm not trying to say Apache isn't great though it certainly does not seem from my perspective to be adapting to how the web is evolving. In example there is no easy way to block IP ranges (not a question I want answered because I know it's horribly complex, merely an example). Is there work on the next version of Apache and if so is the work being performed to make it possible for Apache webmasters who aren't Apache gurus to write our own code or is it more overly complicated stuff?
Thanks for the link, I'm checking out the software now actually.
I had a similar situation setting up log files for MySQL. I became aware of MySQL GUI Tools using version 5.0 I was able to enable log files which has been tremendously helpful while learning MySQL about a year to two years ago in conjunction with the use of Tail32 for Windows.
For me it's not about having an easy way to do things all the time, it's about seeing working examples. If I don't see a working example to start with then I don't have a working point of reference. Of course blocking IP ranges like JD said in another thread is not simple and these sort of things need to be ironed out to keep the software competitive by serving the needs of webmasters.