Hadoop JavaScript– Microsoft’s VB shift for Big Data

One of the cool things about the Hadoop on Azure CTP is its Interactive JavaScript Console – it allows users query and visualize data on top HDFS using a JavaScript framework.  For example, below is a graph pie visualization within a browser generated by the Interactive JavaScript console using graph.pie function. Why is this important and cool at the same time?  As one can note with amazing projects like node.js, JavaScript is being seen by many as its own first class programming / application language: The rise of Node.js: JavaScript graduates to the server. In the realm of Big Data,…

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Connecting Power View to Hadoop on Azure–An #awesomesauce way to view Big Data in the Cloud

The post Connecting PowerPivot to Hadoop on Azure – Self Service BI to Big Data in the Cloud provided the step-by-step details on how to connect PowerPivot to your Hadoop on Azure cluster.   And while this is really powerful, one of the great features as part of SQL Server 2012 is Power View (formerly known as Project Crescent).  With Power ‘View, the SQL Server BI stack extends the concept of Self Service BI (PowerPivot) to Self service Reporting. Above is a screenshot of the Power View Mobile Hive Sample that is built on top of the PowerPivot workbook created in…

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Foodie Friday: Vancouver’s Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine Restaurant

Braised Lamb Shank in Cumin and Star Anise Photo credit goes to Steph L. on Yelp Vancouver is regularly ranked in the top liveable city list (for awhile, they were #1) – the temperate environment, beautiful scenery, and general aura of the city is just amazing.  Just as awesome is the city’s quality and diversity of great food. Amazing Malaysian Cuisine One of those places is most certainly Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine.  As of this post, they have four restaurants in the Vancouver area – I personally have went to both the one on Denman and the one in Kits…

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