Book Review: The Joy of Clojure

I picked up The Joy of Clojure: Thinking the Clojure Way, to help me understand Clojure code, after discovering a couple experimental data manipulation projects that use Clojure. I’ve also seen one of Rich Hickey’s talks on Datomic, but haven’t been able to follow the examples, despite some past lisp experience. For those who aren’t […]

Book Review: Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps

Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps is exactly what you’d expect: an art book full of images of sea monsters from old medieval maps. Rather than being a history of all images of sea monsters, which might include victorian images and book illustrations, it focuses on the original source materials and how the imagery […]


“Learning ExtJS 4” Review

“Learning ExtJS 4” is a good, practical introduction to ExtJS for beginner ExtJS developers who haven’t used the library, or who have used prior Ext versions. In a couple spots I found myself wishing for deep technical details, e.g. explanations the rationale behind architectural decisions the Ext team made, but that is consistent with the […]


Book Review: Envisioning Information, by Edward Tufte

When I purchased Envisioning Information, I expected it to merely discuss the nuances of communication through graphs and infographic-style pictography. Rather, the author is an artist, and describes his work as celebration of the escape from flatland. While artistic, he is concisess, laser-focused on his belief that graphical representations of data must be clear and […]

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Book Review: R Cookbook

The R Cookbook is written by Paul Teetor, a developer with degrees in statistics and computer science, specializing in finance. The programming language R is a specialized language designed for deep statistical research, although it has some support for other mathematical fields, such as matrix algebra and signal processing. True to the O’Reilly cookbook format, […]