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Pig Latin Concatenation Function

Today we are going to talk about how to concatenate fields using Pig Latin. For this week’s example we are going to use a different data set than we have used in the Apache Pig Latin Eval Function series. Our new data set is a…

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Pig Latin Average Function

Is there a function built in Pig Latin that will average a particular field? The answer is yes, Pig Latin has an Eval function that averages fields. How does it compare to SQL? If you are familiar with SQL then you know about the AVG()…

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Pig Latin Getting Started Course

Guess whose first Pluralsight course was released today? This guy’s: It’s been an incredible journey shooting my first Pluralsight course. I’ve certainly learned a great deal throughout the process. For the last month I’ve been recording away and trying to get my first course ready (“Pig Latin: Getting…

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Pig Latin Data Types

How can you define data types in your Pig Latin scripts? What data types are allowed in Pig Latin? Is everything just a string? The good news is that everything is not a string, and if you have any Java experience the data types will…

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How to Sum a Field with Apache Pig

What is the quickest way to get a sum of a particular set of fields in Pig Latin? Answer: by using the sum operator. Let’s suppose we are working on at a table of population data that looks like the following: The column’s headers: Year…

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Example Pig Latin Script

What does a Pig Latin script look like? It looks a lot like a Standard Query Language (SQL) script. If you are familiar with Hadoop then chances are you have heard about Pig. It’s an application written in Java that allows users to write Mapreduce…

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Book Review Scrum by Jeff Sutherland

I just finished reading “Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time” by Jeff Sutherland. The version of Scrum by Jeff Sutherland I read was an audio book actually narrated by J.J. Sutherland, who is Sutherland’s son. Scrum: The Art of Doing…

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4 Steps to Increasing Team Productivity by 400%

The idea of getting a team to increase performance by 400% sounds crazy but it’s exactly what is happening at software startups. It is no secret that the key ingredient is using agile project management. The real secret is that those same agile principles can…

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Sizing Your User Stories

Learn how to estimate your user stories without using time.  

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Best of the 02/06/2015

Another week in the books. Big Data is theme for this week’s best of the web. Let’s see what we have…….. MongoDB is the number 1 NoSQL DB and with the release of MongoDB 3.0 it doesn’t look like they will be losing any ground…

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