Alan Gates – Getting more of out of Pig

The Apache site describes Pig as ”... a platform for analyzing large data sets that consists of a high-level language for expressing data analysis programs, coupled with infrastructure for evaluating these programs. The salient property of Pig programs is that their structure is amenable to substantial parallelization, which in turns enables them to handle very large data sets.”

Yahoo! Research developed Pig to facilitate programming in Hadoop. As quoted in The Register, Doug Cutting describes Pig as “SQL for MapReduce.”

In this video, Alan Gates from Yahoo!’s Grid team describes what Pig is, why you should use it, what you can do with it, and future plans for the Pig project.



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