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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.


Ansible for VMware by examples: a step-by-step guide to automating your VMware infrastructure
Berton L., Apress, New York, NY, 2023. 183 pp.  Type: Book (978-1484288788)

This book’s stated audience is twofold: Ansible beginners and intermediate/expert users looking for code examples. ...


Software engineering for absolute beginners: your guide to creating software
Loubster N., Apress, New York, NY, 2021. 360 pp.  Type: Book (978-1-484266-21-2)

This book’s audience is exactly as described in its title: “absolute beginners.” The content is appropriate for someone who has had some minimal programming experience, for example, classwork or playing ar...


Linear algebra and optimization for machine learning
Aggarwal C., Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2020. 516 pp.  Type: Book (978-3-030403-43-0)

This excellent introduction to linear algebra is aimed at folks who want to better understand how machine learning really works. Modern machine learning requires a background in linear algebra, but most books and courses focus more on ...


 Rebooting AI: building artificial intelligence we can trust
Marcus G., Davis E., Pantheon Books, New York, NY, 2019. 288 pp.  Type: Book (978-1-524748-25-8)

A fast and light read, yet nonetheless important, this book proposes that artificial intelligence (AI) will eventually achieve many, or even all, of the goals promised by developers and the press. But the authors maintain that this wil...


Essential TypeScript: from beginner to pro
Freeman A., Apress, New York, NY, 2019. 546 pp.  Type: Book (978-1-484249-78-9), Reviews: (2 of 2)

TypeScript is a superset of JavaScript, created by Microsoft, that adds type safety to the language....


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