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David E. Goldfarb
Degel Software
Beit Shemesh, Israel

As a kid, David Goldfarb hated writing book reports and essays. He claims that he chose MIT to avoid the term papers inflicted upon students at other universities. Despite this, David somehow became a reviewer for Computing Reviews shortly after graduating, and has written more than 30 reviews. When asked why, he can only mumble something about it being a great opportunity to read more books.

Between reviewing stints, David is a software practitioner, consultant, and founder of several startups: Vringo, 2AM Development, and Degel Software. David’s specialty is “zero-to-sixty acceleration”: helping organizations learn and implement technologies to turn great ideas into products. He identifies new technical direction and helps early adopters to exploit these technologies. Over the years, these have ranged from Lisp and artificial intelligence, to multimedia and Windows, to mobile computing and Internet applications, to biotechnology. (Currently, he is exploring tools to help manage the flood of media content constantly arriving on our doorsteps and inboxes.)

David was a bit too young to ever use punch cards or slide rules for serious work and probably will be too old to be involved in telepathy or brain uploads; however, he is pleased to have helped develop and exploit so many of the intervening technologies. He looks forward to many years of continuing to use and learn new software tricks and, yes, even to writing more book reports—ahem, I mean reviews—for Computing Reviews.


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Marcus G., Davis E.,  Pantheon Books, New York, NY, 2019. 288 pp. Type: Book (978-1-524748-25-8)

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A programmable programming language
Felleisen M., Findler R., Flatt M., Krishnamurthi S., Barzilay E., McCarthy J., Tobin-Hochstadt S.  Communications of the ACM 61(3): 62-71, 2018. Type: Article

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This is a very short book--really more of a monograph at less than 90 pages, including front pieces, table of contents, bibliography, and index. It aims to examine the patterns of how people stumble upon news while engaged in other online act...


Internet of Things and smart environments: assistive technologies for disability, dementia, and aging
Shahrestani S.,  Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2017. 135 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319601-63-2)

I approached this book with very high hopes: the Internet of Things (IoT) is a major emerging technology; dealing with aging populations is a growing concern; and Springer typically publishes excellent books. Sadly, I was disappointed....


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Modrzyk N.,  Apress, New York, NY, 2017. 366 pp. Type: Book (978-1-484230-08-4)

This book offers a cookbook of recipes using ClojureScript and its libraries for reactive web programming. According to the back cover, the intended readership level is beginning to intermediate. I had high hopes for this book. This is a great yet...


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