Amid all the hype and investment around big data technologies, many Java software engineers are asking what it takes to become big data engineers. As Java professionals, towards which path shall I steer my career?
Join Ryan Desmond and Eric Mizell as they introduce Cascading, an open source application development framework that allows Java developers to build applications on top of Hadoop through its Java API. We’ll provide an overview of the application development landscape for developing applications on Hadoop and explain why Cascading has become so popular, comparing it to other abstractions such as Pig and Hive. Eric and Ryan will also show you how Java developers can easily get started building applications on Hadoop with live examples of good ‘ole Java code.
Ryan Desmond, Solutions Architect, Concurrent
Ryan currently serves as Solution Architect for Concurrent Inc, the minds behind Cascading. Among the most widely used and deployed technology for Big Data applications with more than 280,000+ user downloads a month. Cascading is used by thousands of data-driven businesses including Twitter, eBay, Climate Corp, NOKIA, Telefonica, Etsy and Spotify. Cascading is the de-facto application framework for building and deploying large scale data processing applications. Ryan brings a decade of software and data engineering experience to the table and has brought his entrepreneurial experience to several companies in San Francisco, Silicon Valley and New York to help them meet rising demand, radical growth and ever evolving challenges.
Eric Mizell, Director – Solutions Engineering, Hortonworks
Eric has over 20 years of experience in the technology space. He started his work in software development first working with PowerBuilder (“glad those days are over”) and he eventually graduated to Java with a focus on keeping things simple, scalable, and performant. Eric took the leap a few years ago to Solution Architecture in the NoSQL space and found it to be exciting helping businesses solve complex big data problems. He is now working as the Director of Solution Engineering at Hortonworks helping some of the largest companies in the South East leverage their data in new, exciting, and profitable ways.