Django to Rails - A selective guide in their differences for data journalists

A former colleague and great friend of mine, Agustin Armendariz, recently joined the The New York Times to do some amazing investigative data reporting. For those who don't know, he's a Python guy and the Times is primarily a Ruby shop. I started out as a Rails programmer, and though…

Why develop in the newsroom

The Knight-Mozilla Fellowship is an excellent opportunity for developers, hackers and data-minded journalist to grow their skills in some excellent newsrooms aroundt he world. Fellow data nerds (and friends) like Tasneem Raja, Ben Welsh and Chris Keller and wrote about why they code in the newsroom last year. For the…

Accessible Data Visualization with Flexbox

In 2008, digital designer Wilson Miner wrote an article for A List Apart called Accessbile Data Visualization with Web Standards where he discussed how to to create simple, accessible data visualizations using HTML/CSS and not Flash. I found his approach powerful and simple as it leveraged tools many developers…