The Wisdom of Crowds

The Wisdom of Crowds is one of the latest book I’ve read that got me thinking. The general idea of the book is now quite well-known: combining the decision of a great number of people can reach an optimal choice more reliably than relying on an expert. But there are also several examples that are worth mentioning.

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Agile web development with Rails

I don’t know what make me buy this book a few years back: I was not using Ruby, had no planning to go for web development and never heard of Rails before. But flipping through the book in the bookshop made me realized that there had been some big changes in the way the web was working: sure, hacking some html and javascript everything is possible… in theory. In practice, a limit is quickly reached where it becomes prohibitive to make changes. That’s where framework such as Rails comes in the picture.

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