My latest two books now available!
The first of these is Programming the Semantic Web. I wrote this with two of my coworkers, Jamie Taylor and Colin Evans. We were attempting to make the first ever practical guide to why regular programmers should pay attention to semantic technologies. After writing this book, I was so convinced myself that I’ve moved all my projects away from traditional relational databases to graph databases.
That animal on the cover is a Red Panda, also known as a Firefox. Many thanks to our editor Mary Treseler for being so awesome through the process of writing this.
The second is Beautiful Data, which is an essay collection that I co-edited with Jeff Hammerbacher and to which I also contributed. We found a group of people who we thought were doing awesome stuff with data and convinced them to write essays.
We have an awesome list of contributors: Peter Norvig, Nathan Yau, Jonathan Follett, Matt Holm, J.M. Hughes, Raghu Ramakrishnan, Brian Cooper, Utkarsh Srivastava, Jason Dykes, Jo Wood Jeff Jonas, Lisa Sokol, Jud Valeski, Alon Halevy, Jayant Madhavan, Aaron Koblin, Valdean Klump, Michal Migurski Jeff Heer, Coco Krumme, Matt Wood, Ben Blackburne, Jean-Claude Bradley, Rajarshi Guha, Andrew Lang, Pierre Lindenbaum, Cameron Neylon, Antony Williams, Egon Willighagen, Lukas Biewald, Brendan O’Connor, Hadley Wickham, Deborah Swayne, David Poole Andrew Gelman, Jonathan P. Kastellec, Yair Ghitza and Jeff and myself.
All royalties for Beautiful Data are split between the Sunlight Foundation and Creative Commons.
Julie Steele, the O’Reilly editor on this book, was so awesome at making sure everyone got their essays in and they were reviewed properly.
They’re both great books, I’m really proud of how they turned out. I’m not sure I’ll be writing again for a while though!