Hi folks, I’m Greg Benson and today I wanted to tell you about a great recurring event for anyone interested in Hadoop. But first, allow me take a moment to introduce myself. I am Director of Research at SnapLabs, the research organization of SnapLogic. I am also a Full Professor of Computer Science at the University of San Francisco. I focus on parallel and distributed systems and have developed several distributed languages and run-time systems. I have also lead SnapLabs to identify transformational opportunities in application and data integration, resulting in breakthroughs like SnapReduce – or as we like to call it, “Hadoop for Humans.”
OK, that’s enough about me and a nice transition back to Hadoop. For those of you that don’t know, Hadoop has a great user community. In fact, there is a monthly meet-up in San Francisco.
Last Wednesday August 10, the University of San Francisco and SnapLogic co-sponsored the monthly SF Hadoop Meetup. If you are interested in learning more about Hadoop and talking directly with Hadoop committers and Hadoop practitioners, this is a great event to attend. It is low-key and very friendly. Aaron Kimball, co-founder of Odiago, organizes the event, and he does a great job.
The meetup employees the ?unconference? format in which attendees set the agenda at the beginning of the meetup. There are two 30 minute sessions, with about 5 tracks per sessions. This results in about 10 different topics to choose from. Anyone is welcome to propose a topic. For example at the July meetup hosted by CBSi, I led a session talking about how different projects are using Hadoop MapReduce as a target. This led to a discussion about how Pig, Cascading, FlumeJava, Plume, and SnapReduce all use MapReduce as a target.
Topics from the Meetup on Wednesday included MapReduce internals, Avro, Dataflow approaches to MapReduce, converting from a traditional RDBMS to Hive, log processing, and several more.
It?s great to see both regular and new faces at the SF Meetup and it shows that San Francisco has thriving community of both Hadoop developers and Hadoop users.
Check out the SF Hadoop Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/hadoopsf/
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