Programming Books

I’ve started a list of books to improve help programmers improve their craft.  It’s also grown to include topics on management, design, business, and philosophy.  Have a look!

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Setting the Standards for Open Government Data

This post originally appeared on OpenGov Foundation Blog.

City and state governments across America are adopting Open Data policies at a fantastic clip. Technology hotbed San Francisco has one, but places far from Silicon Valley – like Pittsburgh, PA – are also joining the municipal open data movement. The increasing availability of free tools and enthusiastic volunteer software developers has opened the door […]

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The Iceberg of Knowledge: A Quick Parable on Learning

This was inspired by Dawn Casey’s article on learning programming. Personally, I like to think about knowledge on any particular topic as an iceberg. There are three types of knowledge, and learning is the process of moving around the iceberg of knowledge: What you know you know – this is the part of the iceberg […]

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Building Govify.org

This post originally appeared on OpenGov Foundation Blog.

A Brief Summary After a hackathon a few months back, we were joking about creating an easy way to take the data we’d painstakingly parsed from PDFs, word documents, and XML files, and “translate” it back into a format that government agencies are used to. Many of us have been shell-shocked in dealing with PDFs […]

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