UK Hadoop User Group 2008

On Tuesday, I went to the first UK Hadoop User Group meetup with Yahoo!'s Doug Cutting, founder of Hadoop, a top-level Apache project developing open-source software for reliable, scalable, distributed computing. About 60 UK and European developers attended. Interestingly, about half of those in the room were already using Hadoop and half hadn't tried it.

I did a few interviews at the event so you can get a flavour of what was covered. Tom White talks about how to get started with Hadoop.

A shout of thanks to our hosts Skills Matter and our co-sponsor Last.fm for making it such a great event. Skills Matter kindly put up their video coverage.

Doug and I particularly enjoyed Klaas Bosteels talking about Dumbo. The Dumbo project is an easy way to use Hadoop Streaming in lovely Python. The talks mentioned in video are also available such as Tom White's talk on Hadoop on EC2, Hadoop Lessons at Last.fm and Smartfrog and Hadoop and, of course, Doug Cutting's introduction to Hadoop.

And now, as I fly away on my magic cloud I wish you happy grid computing.

Tom Hughes-Croucher
Yahoo! Developer Network