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Mon, 29 Aug 2005

Data Crunching

Greg Wilson, Data Crunching, The Pragmatic Programmers

A lot of people might think of the subject of Data Crunching as being beyond boring ... the sort of thing you outsource and don't miss.

Actually, it's pretty interesting. The sorts of problems that are gone through are almost infinitely scalable and when you look at the small end of the scale, they are applicable to most computer user's lives. Sorting files, searching for things and listing them, changing formats -- all of these sorts of things and more can be tackled including things like searching logs.

Wilson uses Python and Java to illustrate the techniques and there are examples given throughout. In passing we learn quite a lot about things such as databases and how computers treat numbers. In a way, the book is a sort of primer on information storage.

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