Chapter 12. Analyzing Data with Hadoop

While the MapReduce programming model is at the heart of Hadoop, it is low-level and as such becomes a unproductive way for developers to write complex analysis jobs. To increase developer productivity, several higher-level languages and APIs have been created that abstract away the low-level details of the MapReduce programming model. There are several choices available for writing data analysis jobs. The Hive and Pig projects are popular choices that provide SQL-like and procedural data flow-like languages, respectively. HBase is also a popular way to store and analyze data in HDFS. It is a column-oriented database, and unlike MapReduce, provides random read and write access to data with low latency. MapReduce jobs can read and write data in HBase’s table format, but data processing is often done via HBase’s own client API. In this chapter, we will show how to use Spring for Apache Hadoop to write Java applications that use these Hadoop technologies.

Using Hive

The previous chapter used the MapReduce API to analyze data stored in HDFS. While counting the frequency of words is relatively straightforward with the MapReduce API, more complex analysis tasks don’t fit the MapReduce model as well and thus reduce developer productivity. In response to this difficulty, Facebook developed Hive as a means to interact with Hadoop in a more declarative, SQL-like manner. Hive provides a language called HiveQL to analyze data stored in HDFS, and it is easy ...

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