Tom Reitz

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Tom Reitz is a lead developer and architect specializing in political data. He writes about technology, culture, and life.

Book Review: Beautiful Data

Another book I just finished is Beautiful Data: The Stories Behind Elegant Data Solutions. This book is a bit unusual in that, rather than being written by a single author, instead each chapter is written by a different person or group. The common thread tying all the chapters together is data - data collection, analysis, and presentation. The book was published a few years ago, in 2009, so some of the…

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Book Review: Rework

I knocked another book off my reading list recently: Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, entrepreneurs and founders of Basecamp and Highrise. While the book seems like it's trying a bit too hard to stand out - with non-standard organization with sections instead of chapters and a full-page cartoon image almost every other page - it does provide some useful insight. Drawing on their experience building their company 37 signals, the authors lay…

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Book Review: Good Profit by Charles Koch

I've had Good Profit by Charles Koch on my to-read list for a while, and I finally picked up a copy at the library. Whatever you may think of the Koch family or empire, it's hard to argue that they've been unsuccessful in business. The book lays out the "Market-Based Management" business philosophy Koch has developed over his career and which he uses to run his company. In the first chapter of the book, Koch…

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Back from Europe

I haven't posted since April, which is because my wife and I had the opportunity to travel through Europe for 10 weeks! If you'd like, you can read more about our adventures here. Now that I'm back, I plan to resume writing here occasionally. I am also very pleased to announce that I've been accepted to the Professional Masters Program at the Computer Science department of UW-Madison. I'm looking forward to taking a few…

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StackOverflow Developer Survey 2019 Results

I love StackOverflow - I use it almost every day, usually multiple times each day. So I was excited when they recently released their annual Developer Survey results for 2019. I find this report very interesting because one of my current roles is lead developer. Some interesting hightlights from the report include:Javascript (including Node.js) is the most commonly-used programming language; Python is one of the fastest-growing programming languages.MySQL and PostgreSQL are the…

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