Data Professionals At Work

Author: Malathi This is not a book that aims to teach any specific language or technique; instead it's a collection of interviews with "data professionals" who tell the author, with varying degrees of frankness, what their jobs are like.
Publisher: Apress
Pages: 376
ISBN: 978-1484239667
Print: 1484239660
Kindle: B07FY6HCZM
Audience: Developers interested in data science
Rating: 5
Reviewer: Kay Ewbank

This is not a book that aims to teach any specific language or technique; instead it's a collection of interviews with "data professionals" who tell the author, with varying degrees of frankness, what their jobs are like.

The interviewees come from a variety of backgrounds - administrators, developers, and people working on the analysis side, along with various CEOs, product managers, and even a 'database superhero'.

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Each interview starts with a couple of paragraphs saying who the person being interviewed is, where they work and have worked in the past, and what their qualifications are. This is then followed by around 10 pages of questions and answers, so the interviews are quite lengthy and go into some depth. The interviewer asks how the person being interviewed entered the profession, would they recommend it to other people, what a typical day looks like, what people in their role should follow as best practices. There are questions about favorite books, blogs, tools and techniques, along with some specific questions for that role. Each interview ends with a short section on 'key takeaways' that essentially summaries the things the interviewee said was important for the role, their favorite tools, books, and comments on training and conferences.

 

 

The list of interviewees is included on the book's cover even though due to its length I'm not repeating it here. Suffice it to say that I finished nearly all the interviews feeling it had been worth spending the time to read them. 

One point to note is that most of the people in the book have a Microsoft SQL Server background. I don't think this would be a reason to dismiss the book if you're working with some other database, but some of the suggested books and sources of information might be less useful.

Overall, though, this is a genuinely interesting book and I came away with some new insights into working with databases.


For recommendations of Big Data books see Reading Your Way Into Big Data in our Programmer's Bookshelf section.

 

 

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Programming Rust

Author: Jim Blandy and Jason Orendorff
Publisher: O'Reilly
Date: Aug 2016
Pages: 400
ISBN: 978-1491927281
Print: 1491927283
Kindle: B077NSY211
Audience: Systems programmers
Rating: 4
Reviewer: Mike James
Rust - it's a hit language of the moment. The language we all love to love. So what could be bet [ ... ]



The Pragmatic Programmer (2e)

Author: David Thomas, Andrew Hunt
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
Pages: 352
ISBN: 978-0135957059
Print: 0135957052
Kindle:B07VRS84D1
Audience: Programmers
Rating: 5
Reviewer: Mike James
This is a classic and its 20th Anniversary edition, its second edition, give us a chance to catch up with it.


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