About me: I founded and run a MediaWiki consulting company, WikiWorks. I also wrote the MediaWiki reference book Working with MediaWiki. I live in New York City with my lovely wife. I've lived all around the city for the last 11 years or so, and before that I got my undergraduate degree at MIT. I grew up in Haifa, Israel, and then Amherst, MA.
My (basically abandoned) weblog.
- These days I do exclusively MediaWiki development and consulting, mostly based around the Semantic MediaWiki extension, which I think is world-changing. To be honest, I don't have many interests beyond that at the moment. I've created a whole bunch of extensions around it, among them Semantic Forms (the best-known one), which allows for the creation of collaborative, form-based structured data; Semantic Drilldown, which provides an interface for browsing that data; and External Data, which can retrieve information from external APIs. See an explanation of all the Semantic MediaWiki extensions, and a biography of my MediaWiki development career. And you can also read two of my relevant blog posts - "Semantic wikis are the future of information" (from December 2007) and "Semantic wikis are the future of systems integration" (from May 2009).
- Español - I'm also learning Spanish.
- Music - at one time or another, I've played the clarinet, saxophone, piano, guitar, bass guitar and drums. I'm partial to indie pop, New York hip-hop and small-group jazz.
Sites I've created
In reverse chronological order:
Here are some books that have influenced me a lot, in the field of software development and in general:
- The Humane Interface, Jef Raskin - give users just one way to do anything, and let them undo it afterwards.
- Don't Make Me Think, Steve Krug - your web site is probably more confusing than you think it is.
- The Mythical Man-Month, Frederick Brooks - when the software gets too complex, don't hesitate to start from scratch.
- Getting Real, Jason Fried et al. - stay small, keep things simple, and release quickly. Is that so hard?
- Siddhartha, Herman Hesse - talent and experience usually aren't as important as enjoyment of the task and the desire to see it finished.
- The Cash Nexus, Niall Ferguson - the most irrational mass behaviors usually have a financial explanation.
- The Black Swan, Nassim Nicholas Taleb - sadly, understanding the past doesn't mean we can predict the future.
My other pages
You can contact me at yaron57 -at- gmail.com.
Last modified November 28, 2012.