About

I am a systems architect, software developer, author and photographer living in New York.

I am the senior director of software engineering for the Hachette Book Group where I manage a team of 16 architects and developers responsible for the development and support of all web applications and internal business systems in use at our company.

Like all companies, we have legacy applications that need support, and new applications that need to be written. All of our modern applications use AngularJS on the front end and any number of web services on the backend, some of which are written in Java and other's are written in Python. Since we use a well-defined, ReSTful API, the front end doesn't need to know or care about the language the backend is written in. The data store is Oracle.

It has been a few years since my last book, Professional Wikis. It was published by Wrox in December, 2007. According to one Amazon.com review, it is "one of the best technical guides I have encountered and I have used hundreds of them." Another was "was very impressed by the clarity of the writing and the organization of this book."

I'd like to write more books in the future. I've been working on a manager's guide to software development which is a book about writing software written for people who don't write software for a living, but who depend on software to be well-written in order to accomplish their job.

I have an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business and prior to starting The Choate Group, I was vice president of interactive media for The News & Observer. Under my leadership, the newspaper's Web site was named the best online newspaper service by Editor & Publisher and had the third-highest local market penetration of any newspaper in the country.

Finally, I am a professional member of the Penumbra Foundation where I have recently taken workshops at the Center for Alternative Photography in the use of digital negatives for platinum and palladium prints. I am fascinated with the process of merging 19th century photographic tools with modern technologies.

You can read more on Tom Grill's blog.