Tech Tip Tuesday: HTML Donut Charts and Apache Web Server on Mac OSX

Quick tech tip for today, how to create HTML donut charts like the one below and use Apache Web Server on Mac OSX.  Hats off to the BI Happy Blog and Coolest Guy on the Planet Tech blog.   I wanted to quickly generate some mockup donut charts by using HTML – and being lazy, figured I would just borrow some code. For starters, I needed to get Apache Web server started on my Mac OSX Mountain Lion – fortunately, the instructions are already provided – so here’s the link: Install and configure Apache, MySQL, PHP and phpMyAdmin on OSX 10.8…

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BI and Big Data–the best of both worlds!

As part of the excitement of the Strata Conference this week, Microsoft has been talking about Big Data and Hadoop.  It started off with Dave Campbell’s question: Do we have the tools we need to navigate the New World of Data?.  And some of the tooling call outs specific to Microsoft include references to PowerPivot, Power View, and the Hadoop JavaScript framework (Hadoop JavaScript– Microsoft’s VB shift for Big Data). As noticed by GigaOM’s article Microsoft’s Hadoop play is shaping up, and it includes Excel; the great call out is: to make Hadoop data analyzable via both a JavaScript framework…

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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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Setup Azure Blob Store for Hadoop on Azure CTP

One of the cool ways to run Hadoop on Azure is to have it connect to Azure Blob storage via your Windows Azure Storage account.  To setup your Azure storage account, please refer to http://windows.azure.com. The tasks below will allow you to setup your Hadoop on Azure CTP account to connect to an existing Azure Blob Storage account using the asv protocol.  For example, within Hadoop, you normally would get a listing of files within HDFS using the command line interface: hadoop fs –ls / In the case of accessing files within Azure Blob storage, you can run the command:…

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