Big Data Support

This is the team blog for the Big Data Support team at Microsoft. We support HDInsight which is Hadoop running on Windows Azure in the cloud, as well as other big data features.

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  • Blog Post: How to use HBase Java API with HDInsight HBase cluster, part 1

    Recently we worked with a customer, who was trying to use HBase Java API to interact with an HDInsight HBase cluster. Having worked with the customer and trying to follow our existing documentations here and here , we realized that it may be helpful if we clarify a few things around HBase JAVA API connectivity...
  • Blog Post: HDInsight: - Creating, Deploying and Executing Pig UDF

    During my developer experience, I always look for how customization (write my own processing) can be done if functionality is not available in programming language. That thought was triggered again when I was working on Apache Pig in HDInsight. So I started researching it and thought it would be good...
  • Blog Post: Structured vs Semi-structured Data

    My name is Bill Carroll and I am a member of the Microsoft HDInsight support team. The majority of my working career has been spent on SQL Server, a relational database. Little did I think about it all these years, but relational databases are structured data. When we create a table we define the structure...
  • Blog Post: How to manually compile and create your own jar file to execute on HDInsight

    Hi, my name is Bill Carroll and I am a member of the Microsoft HDInsight support team. At the heart of Hadoop is the MapReduce paradigm. Knowing how to compile your java code and create your own jar file is a useful skill, especially for those coming from the C++ or .Net programming world. So our goal...
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