BigInsights Quicker Start


I’ve been taking a break from Liberty and JAX-RS recently to start tinkering with IBM’s BigInsights Hadoop distribution. To make things easier/more interesting my first attempts were using the Analytics for Hadoop service on BlueMix. In case it helps anyone, here’s what I ended up with before needing to install BigInsights myself:

And this is the script I used to upload data in the video (unfortunately I didn’t have any luck using the HttpFS API):

#!/bin/sh

BIUSER=biblumix
BIPASSWORD=password
BIURI=https://hostname:8443/data/controller/dfs

curl -iv –user ${BIUSER}:${BIPASSWORD} –insecure -X POST “${BIURI}/user/${BIUSER}/sample-data?isfile=false”

curl -iv –user ${BIUSER}:${BIPASSWORD} –insecure -X POST “${BIURI}/user/${BIUSER}/sample-data/orgdata.unl” –header “Content-Type:application/octet-stream” –header “Transfer-Encoding:chunked” -T “orgdata.unl”

curl -iv –user ${BIUSER}:${BIPASSWORD} –insecure -X POST “${BIURI}/user/${BIUSER}/sample-data/persondata.unl” –header “Content-Type:application/octet-stream” –header “Transfer-Encoding:chunked” -T “persondata.unl”

Notes:

  • since recording the demo Bluemix has added a United Kingdom region, however it looks like the Analytics for Hadoop service is currently only available on the US South region.
  • there is also now a BigInsights service on Bluemix which allows you to provision multi-node Hadoop clusters.
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You can do anything with stop motion animation


I’ve always been slightly envious of people with any musical talent but I do wonder whether you’d need more patience to learn to play drums/piano or to put this together!

It is great though! (Great… but the Wallace and Gromit train chase in the Wrong Trousers is still may favourite stop frame animation… genius.)

(Thanks to Gareth for posting the link on Facebook. Yep, still using Facebook- just ignoring all the strange applications!)