Edd Wilder-James

Edd Wilder-James

Technologist and entrepreneur

Santa Rosa, California

Areas of Expertise:

  • Big data
  • data science
  • Google+
  • cloud
  • open standards
  • open source
  • Rails
  • Clojure
  • ClojureScript
  • Dart
  • web
  • consulting
  • speaking
  • programming
  • training
  • writing

Edd Wilder-James is a technologist, writer and programmer based in California. He is the program chair for the O'Reilly Strata and Open Source Convention Conferences.

He was the founder and creator of the Expectnation conference management system, and a co-founder of the Pharmalicensing.com online intellectual property exchange.

A veteran of open source, Edd has contributed to various projects, such as Debian and GNOME, and created the DOAP Vocabulary for describing software projects.

Edd has written four books, including O'Reilly's "Learning Rails". He writes regularly on Google+ and on his blog at eddology.com.

Learning Rails 5 Learning Rails 5
by Edd Wilder-James, Eric J. Gruber, Mark Locklear
August 2016
Print: $44.99
Ebook: $38.99

Learning Rails 3 Learning Rails 3
by Simon St. Laurent, Edd Wilder-James, Eric J. Gruber
July 2012
Print: $34.99
Ebook: $29.99

Planning for Big Data Planning for Big Data
by Edd Wilder-James
March 2012

Learning Rails: Live Edition Learning Rails: Live Edition
by Edd Wilder-James, Simon St. Laurent
July 2010

Learning Rails Learning Rails
by Simon St. Laurent, Edd Wilder-James
November 2008

Mono: A Developer's Notebook Mono: A Developer's Notebook
by Edd Wilder-James, Niel Bornstein
July 2004
Print: $29.99
Ebook: $19.99

Linux Unwired Linux Unwired
by Roger Weeks, Edd Wilder-James, Brian Jepson
April 2004
Print: $24.99
Ebook: $21.99

Programming Web Services with XML-RPC Programming Web Services with XML-RPC
by Simon St. Laurent, Joe Johnston, Edd Wilder-James
June 2001
Print: $34.99
Ebook: $27.99

Webcast: OSCON 2011: Take-aways, Trends, and Highlights
August 11, 2011
In this event wrap-up, OSCON co-chairs Edd Dumbill, Sarah Novotny, and Laurel Ruma will identify and discuss the trends and announcements that emerged from the event and how these will impact the tech world in the year to come.

Webcast: People, Data and Dollars — A Preview of Strata NYC
August 31, 2011
In this special online event, you'll get an inside look at some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators in the fields of business, data, and disruption.

Webcast: Get the (Data) Vote Out
June 20, 2012
In this Strata Online Event, we'll look at the way data science is shaping elections, from visualizations to game theory, from understanding issues to targeting voters.

"For a beginner to Rails this is a good asset."
--Srinivasan Margabandhu

"Overall, I recommend this book to the type of reader described above. As the authors state in their preface, you will not be a Rails guru after reading it; but you be a lot closer towards it than you were before this book was read."
--Jason Armstrong, JasonArmstrong.com

"The exercises and review questions in each chapter are interesting, instructive, and thought-provoking."
--Michael Kleper, The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing, Vol. 17 No. 4/5, July/October 2012

"Learning Rails 3 is an excellent guide for Ruby on Rails newcomers. And those already working with Rails can learn from it, too."
--Si Dunn, Sagecreek Productions

"So overall this book did absolutely give me that quick introduction to what Rails is all about. "
--Mike Smith, The UK's Unix and Open Systems User Group (UKUUG)

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--David Fisher, What is Noise Blog

"Most Ruby on Rails books take a software developer's approach, making them difficult to follow for web designers and developers without a lot of programming background. Learning Rails takes a different approach, starting with building web pages and gradually introducing the full software model. It's gentle, but not dumbed-down. In our screencast course, we've found this to be a highly effective way for people to learn Rails. Even if you're not a software developer by training, this book will open up the power of Rails for you."
--Michael Slater, www.BuildingWebApps.com

"Learning a new web framework (and language) can be difficult, but Simon and Edd take it one step at a time and explain everything you need to know to get started with Rails."
--Gregg Pollack, RailsEnvy.com

"The discussions are detailed and the text is well illustrated with code and script examples. As far as I am aware this is the most detailed account of wireless-for-Linux in print. Apart from the tutorial style 'how-to' information it provides understanding of wireless technical issues, and contains information about sources for both hardware and software."
--Major Keary, Linux Users of Victoria Inc.