Playing with elephants – Hadoop?

People who know me know that I’m interested in databases and SQL. I continue to describe myself as an Analyst rather than a Developer or DBA, but I also think it is useful to have a basic understanding of the characteristics of the tools one might be using. I’m busy at the moment but I thought that it was high time I “nailed my colours to the mast”.
I intend to start looking at Hadoop before the end of the year.
I know that may seem like a long way off, but it is getting closer all the time.

Here is one of the articles which grabbed my attention:

There is nothing like committing that you are going to do something as a bit of encouragement.

Why do I want to look at Hadoop?

  • First of all, I want to do it as an excuse to “brush up my Unix” (sorry Linux)
  • That makes it an excuse to buy and use some new (to me) hardware.
  • It will also be a reason to collaborate with an old acquaintance of mine.
  • And I find the idea of “map reduce” intriguing and trying it out is the best way to learn.

As I said, I’m busy, so that’s it for this week!