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More from Cat Miller

Cat Miller is an engineer at Mortar Data, a Hadoop-as-a-service provider, and creator of mortar, an open source framework for data processing.

Introduction

For anyone who came of programming age before cloud computing burst its way into the technology scene, data analysis has long been synonymous with SQL. A slightly awkward, declarative language whose production can more resemble logic puzzle solving than coding, SQL and the relational databases it builds on have been the pervasive standard for how to deal with data.…