On Jan 1 Marius Ghita wrote: Beautiful Data
While reading the title you may think of something like “Data structures in C” with a twist, I have to note that this book is a completely different beast. Full Review  >

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On Dec 23 Sean Boisen wrote:
While you’re not likely to find a solution here to specific technical problems, there’s a good chance you’ll find something either to broaden your horizons or give you some new ideas. Definitely recommended. Full Review  >

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On Dec 29 Erin Richey wrote: Essays on Life Working with Data
Based mainly on its title and cover image, I anticipated Beautiful Data would be something more like Jonathan Harris meets a college math book. However, the book is neither filled with visual representations of information, nor is it heavy on the equations. Rather, it's a collection of individual essays all loosely tied to the topic of data usage. Full Review  >

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On Dec 27 Thomas Kuenneth wrote: Review of Beautiful Data by Toby Segaran and Jeff Hammerbacher
We live in a world of data. By walking across the street humans receive and process countless bits of information. What seems so easy for us, would be very hard work for machines. Beautiful Data by Toby Segaran and Jeff Hammerbacher tells 20 storys about how fascinating, thrilling and inspiring working with data can be. Compilations of work by different writers usually offer much more insight into a topic than a piece written by a single person. Each author adds - by chance or willingly - his personal background, his attitude towards the matter, his personal experience. Still, different writing skills may result in a unsteady reading experience. In Beautiful Data, very experienced data practitioners explain how they developed simple and elegant solutions on projects ranging from the Mars lander to a Radiohead video. Though the scientific parts of each of the papers are undoubtedly excellent, I found myself having a hard time appreciating the narrative facets of some of them. As this is a very personal perception, I will not reveal which they are. You will have to find out for yourself. Nonetheless this book is absolutely worth reading. Full Review  >

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On Dec 20 Shawn Day wrote: Beautiful Data: Theory in Practice editted by Toby Segaran and Jeff Hammerbacher
Beautiful Data is a collection of essays on exploring the organisation, manipulation and display of data in 'beautiful' way. Full Review  >

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