Funny how you can say something in your head and it sounds fine
— Doctor Who (Matt Smith in Amy’s Choice)
Recently I had posted the wiki article: Hadoop on Azure Scenario: Query a web log via HiveQL.
In it described how to analyze a sample web log using HiveQL on the Hadoop on Azure CTP (HadoopOnAzure.com) using
- Interactive Hive console,
- Secure FTP using curl to transfer data to HDFS
- Creating an EXTERNAL table against compressed log files
- Executing some simple HiveQL queries.
Screenshot of the Hadoop on Azure Interactive Hive Console executing a HiveQL query.
A bunch of people had followed up to me directly on the article with the question:
Gee – do I have to do all of these steps to do work with Hadoop on Azure?!
The quick answer is: No, the purpose of the wiki article was to showcase how one can interact with Hadoop on Azure – which is very different from the traditional command line interface (CLI). A great blog post on how the design of Hadoop on Azure was conceived, jump over to Dave Vronay’s blog post: The Design of the Portal for HadoopOnAzure.com.
The wiki entry is a “scenarios” article – so that way you can use all of the different functionality available to you on the Hadoop on Azure portal – like using the interactive consoles, running HiveQL queries, etc.
Most importantly – because of the cool design, try out the scenarios not only on your desktop/laptop but also on your mobile devices, eh?!