If you’re doing any development in the “big data” space then you’ll want to be aware of an update to the .NET SDK for Hadoop. This release contains updated versions ( of Map/Reduce, LINQ To Hive, and a new WebHDFS client.

This SDK currently contains an API for writing [Map/Reduce] jobs, as well as submitting them. According to the published roadmap, the full suite of components delivered once the SDK reaches the official release stage includes:

- LINQ to Hive Tooling to generate types

- Integration with Templeton/WebHCat

- Experiment enabling UDF's

- Support for Partitions and advanced Hive DDL

- LINQPad integration

- Job Submission API

- WebHDFS Client

More information on Hadoop for Azure (Windows Azure HDInsight Preview) can be found here.