Sun, 12 Dec 2010
Hadoop is one of those technologies that seems to have forever changed the way parts of the industry work but has had no effect on my actual job. In an attempt to keep myself current for the after techtalk conversations I decided to buy Hadoop: The Definitive Guide, Second Edition by Tom White - and I'm very happy with the choice.
While there are massive amounts of information online about Hadoop and the ecosystem emerging around it I still found HadoopTDG to be a useful book and worth the money (especially on the iPad as it's a bit big for comfortable tube reading). The explanations are clear, there is enough detail without slowing the book to a crawl and some of the more important side projects are covered, showing outsiders like me which subprojects can help build the bridge in to my existing infrastructure.
A good book, covers a lot of ground and provides a good level of detail - 7/10
Wed, 08 Dec 2010
Over the years I've had the opportunity to attend a lot of different events focused on quite a few different programming languages, but none of them match the sheer enthusiasm and love of the language that you get from London PM. While there is always a contingent of LPMers at Perl conferences held further abroad the London Perl Workshop is my yearly chance to see lots of old friends, what they've been up to and discuss what's coming next in our field.
Other than the 3 1/2 hour tube problems getting to the venue (and having to leave the pub early) I had a great time, the organisation and volunteers were as always exceptional and it was a great idea to try and get some speakers from outside the community - and doubly so when you're lucky enough to get the seriously clued PostgreSQL expert Simon Riggs.
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