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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? Good news is that everything is not a string and if you have any Java experience the data types will be…

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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? By using the sum operator. Let’s suppose we are working on at a table of population data that looks like the following: The columns headers Year Ago…

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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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Why I am Creating more Content in 2015

I’ve started every year with the promise to blog more. Each year I’ve failed! So why is 2015 different? Why have I increased my total blog in the past month? It’s simple I want to accomplish certain things in my career and blogging can help me…

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Best of the Web 01/30/2014

Are you ready for some footbaaaaaaaallllllllllllllllllllllllll? Superbowl Sunday is right around the corner and this week’s edition of Best of the Web is sure to be just as thrilling. Shocking News So let me get this straight Google delays Google Glass while Microsoft creates quite a buzz…

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Complete Agile Podcast List

Why Listen to Agile Podcasts If you are continuously improving your Scrum Team, should you not take the same approach to your scrumification? A way you can increase your scrumification in Agile Development is to try and consume as much information as you can.  One of the…

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