Tom White

Tom White

Hadoop expert, author.

  • @tom_e_white

Areas of Expertise:

  • Apache Hadoop
  • distributed computing
  • big data
  • programming
  • writing
Tom White has been an Apache Hadoop committer since February 2007, and is a member of the Apache Software Foundation. He works for Cloudera, a company set up to offer Hadoop support and training. Previously he was as an independent Hadoop consultant, working with companies to set up, use, and extend Hadoop. He has written numerous articles for O'Reilly, java.net and IBM's developerWorks, and has spoken at several conferences, including at ApacheCon 2008 on Hadoop. Tom has a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge and a Master's in Philosophy of Science from the University of Leeds, UK.

Hadoop: The Definitive Guide Hadoop: The Definitive Guide
by Tom White
Fourth Edition April 2015
Print: $49.99
Ebook: $42.99

Hadoop: The Definitive Guide Hadoop: The Definitive Guide
by Tom White
Third Edition May 2012
OUT OF PRINT

Hadoop: The Definitive Guide Hadoop: The Definitive Guide
by Tom White
Second Edition October 2010
OUT OF PRINT

Hadoop: The Definitive Guide Hadoop: The Definitive Guide
by Tom White
June 2009
Ebook: $35.99

Tom blogs at:

Pop-up factory

May 29 2015

Attend O’Reilly’s Solid Conference, June 23–25, in San Francisco. Solid, O’Reilly’s conference exploring how the collision of software and hardware is fueling the creation of a software-enhanced, networked physical world, will feature a radical demonstration: a live, pop-up electronics factory. … read more

Happy Birthday To Me: Reviews of Some Toys I’ve Recently Gotten

May 29 2015

My birthday was in April, so in the "Happy Birthday To Me" spirit, I'll consider anything interesting I've acquired in the last few months a birthday present to myself. Much of it is related to cycling, which I've been getting into. Anyway, here are some mini reviews on some of… read more

Pop-up factory

May 29 2015

Attend O’Reilly’s Solid Conference, June 23–25, in San Francisco. Solid, O’Reilly’s conference exploring how the collision of software and hardware is fueling the creation of a software-enhanced, networked physical world, will feature a radical demonstration: a live, pop-up electronics factory. … read more

Signals from the 2015 O’Reilly Velocity Conference in Santa Clara

May 29 2015

People from across the Web operations and performance worlds are coming together this week for the 2015 O’Reilly Velocity Conference in Santa Clara. Below, we’ve assembled notable keynotes, interviews, and insights from the event. Think like a villain Laura Bell … read more

Designers as data scientists

May 29 2015

Download a free copy of “The New Design Fundamentals” ebook, a curated collection of chapters from our Design library. Note: this post is an excerpt from “Designing with Data,” by Rochelle King and Elizabeth F. Churchill, which is included in … read more

Signals from the 2015 O’Reilly Velocity Conference in Santa Clara

May 29 2015

People from across the Web operations and performance worlds are coming together this week for the 2015 O’Reilly Velocity Conference in Santa Clara. Below, we’ve assembled notable keynotes, interviews, and insights from the event. Think like a villain Laura Bell … read more

Designers as data scientists

May 29 2015

Download a free copy of “The New Design Fundamentals” ebook, a curated collection of chapters from our Design library. Note: this post is an excerpt from “Designing with Data,” by Rochelle King and Elizabeth F. Churchill, which is included in … read more

Ask the Readers: What expense do you most want to dump?

May 29 2015

This article is by editor Linda Vergon. Is there a bill you pay that you absolutely detest? Occasionally, I’ll get an attitude about paying one bill or another. (Ha! Paying taxes on April 15 is one bill that comes to mind immediately, for example.) I recognize that there is a… read more

9.3 trillion reasons fintech could change the developing world

May 29 2015

Request an invitation to Next:Money, O’Reilly’s conference focused on the fundamental transformation taking place in the finance industry. A relatively commonplace occurrence — credit card fraud — made me reconsider the long-term impact of financial technology outside the Western world. … read more

9.3 trillion reasons fintech could change the developing world

May 29 2015

Request an invitation to Next:Money, O’Reilly’s conference focused on the fundamental transformation taking place in the finance industry. A relatively commonplace occurrence — credit card fraud — made me reconsider the long-term impact of financial technology outside the Western world. … read more

Webcast: The State of Hadoop
September 15, 2010
Apache Hadoop is a part of a growing ecosystem of projects for large-scale data analysis which is being used to solve problems for organizations in a wide range of disciplines. This talk will touch on what's new in the second edition of Hadoop: The Definitive...

Webcast: An Introduction to Hadoop
July 16, 2009
In this webcast, Cloudera founder Christophe Bisciglia and O'Reilly author Tom White will provide an introduction to Hadoop/MapReduce, the open source project that allows organizations to process, store and analyze massive application datasets.

"This is a 'must' for any serious programming reference library. "
--James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review: The Bookwatch, The Computer Shelf, August 2012, Volume 7, Number 8

"If you happen to start working with Hadoop in your project or considering some of the related technologies--this book is a great start."
--Paris Apostolopoulos, Papo's log

"The book is a good reference, capturing new developments of Hadoop and its ecosystem of projects sufficiently across its breadth."
--Mitch Pronschinske, DZone.com

"Chapter 1 should be required reading for everyone associated with the computer industry...an excellent reference work and contains information detailed enough for those wanting to dig deeper into a particular topic."
--John S. Griffin, Ujug.org

"Here is the essential source of information about the Apache Hadoop open source framework, used to process large datasets. "
--Michael L. Kleper, The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing

"Now you have the opportunity to learn about Hadoop from a master—not only of the technology, but also of common sense and plain talk."
--Doug Cutting, Hadoop Founder, Yahoo!