I like to think that I’m somewhat gifted at finding out, or coming up with li’ll useful tricks that improve a hacker’s workflow and help to optimize the pain-to-awesomeness ratio of our daily tasks. I am, however, thoroughly rotten at leveraging them once they are done. Mind you it’s not like I’m the first one…
Meet Oozie’s Workflows Oozie is a workflow scheduler for Hadoop, but that’s not terribly important right now. What is important is that it defines its workflows using an XML dialect. And as all XML things go, the result is… shall we say, less than easy on the eyes and the typing fingers.
Woe, woe is me. After two years of YAPC, meddling circumstances force me to skip attendance this year. Still, I am extremely pleased to know that Pythian is still sending one of our young Padawans into the fray. Yesterday, he was asking me if I had any tips, survival strategies, or any words of wisdom…
Sometimes, it’s humongous revolutions. Most of the time, it’s itsy bitsy evolutionary steps. Today’s hack definitively sits in the second category, but I have the feeling that it’s a little dab of abstraction that is going to provide a lot of itch relief.
DBD::Oracle version 1.57_00 is on its way to CPAN. This release is small, but should make some Win32 users happy:
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to flip block and postfix statements with the ease of a single command? Well, I thought so, so I came up with a dirty little script, have a look.
Following my “Building Integrated DWH with Oracle and Hadoop” webinar for IOUG Big Data SIG, I got a bunch of excellent follow up questions. The most frequently asked questions are: What is the minimum I need to do to get started with Hadoop? and How do I load data into Hadoop? Since so many people are interested in the same question, it makes more sense to answer on the blog.
This one was going to be a cry for help and a request to confirm that I’m not going cuckoo, but I think I figured it out. Still, for giggles, hear this:
DBD::Oracle v1.54 is on its way to CPAN. In this iteration, no new feature, but a large amount of bug fixes.
It has come again. This magic time of the year when, in-between the hangovers of Christmas and the hangovers of the New Year bashes, one takes a longing look back at the ending year, and make mad plans, wistful wishes and grandiose resolutions for the new one. So, for a moment, let me indulge in this tradition and let my gaze wander at the distances that stretch forward and behind, while my mind drift back and forth betwixt what has been and what shall be. But gently. ‘Cause lemme tell you, that was damn good eggnog (so please be kind and don’t click so hard with the mouse, will you?).