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October 21, 2015
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Apache Ambari Hackfest on a Serene Saturday

Hackathons, Hackfest, and Codefests have an initial air of invincibility. They challenge participants, even veterans—not if the attendees work together or if the community collaborates and innovates together. That air of invincibility quickly dissipates.

Last Saturday, because of such camaraderie and collaboration, a harmony of innovative ideas flourished and came to fruition at an Ambari Hackfest.

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Open Data Platform Initiative (ODPi) founding partners Hortonworks and Pivotal co-hosted and co-sponsored an Ambari Hackfest at the Pivotal site near the scenic Foothills in Palo Alto.

One attendee said, “This location is so beautiful, I saw a coyote, horses, and cows as I drove up Deer Creek Road. Now I’m ready to code.”

Our goal was to foster an environment not of competition but of collaboration, where Ambari team experts mentored attendees to implement their ideas, to use the Ambari’s extensible framework to create Views and Services.

With that goal in mind, the all-day Hackfest attracted more than 30 attendees, with groups of two, three or four working together, creating Ambari Views and Services.

Kicked-off with a short introductory lecture to Apache Ambari’s extensible framework, the attendees quickly and comfortably started hacking for five intense hours, taking short respite for lunch and snacks.

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Of entries submitted at the end, judges chose three submission winners as complete, functional, useable, and presentable:

  1. Ambari Cassandra Service by Greg Hill
  2. Catalog Service for Ambari by Juanjo Marron & Tuong Truong
  3. Ambari Service Deployer by Jesus Alvarez

Others, though incomplete, will eventually be submitted on Devpost. You can view some of the submissions here, with links to their sources on Github, and peruse some of pictures here and more here.

Team Hortonworks created a Hadoop Log Search, which contains a service and view for searching, querying, filtering, and displaying logs statistics (by combining Solr, Logstash, and Banana), while Pivotal team implemented a valuable extension Install View (by adding additional repos’ configuration) for the ambari agent to install rpms.

We want to thank our ODPi partners Pivotal for co-hosting and co-sponsoring this event. Like the ODPi and Apache Ambari Meetup held this summer where our ODPi partners shared with the community how they provision, manage, and monitor their large Hadoop clusters using Apache Ambari and its extensible framework, this Hackfest too was an exemplary showcase of the power and potential of Ambari’s extensible framework.

Also, we want to congratulate winners and thank all the attendees who participated in this first Apache Ambari Hackfest. All participants did a commendable job in just few hours of hacking. All participants’ contributions will be valuable additions to the community galleries for Ambari Views and Ambari Extensions and on Devpost.

Stay tuned as more weekend-long Hackathons are coming soon…

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