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About the Author
Alan is an original member of the engineering team that took Pig from a Yahoo! Labs research project to a successful Apache open source project. In this role he oversaw the implementation of the language, including programming interfaces and the overall design. He has presented Pig at numerous conferences and user groups, universities, and companies. Alan is a member of the Apache Software Foundation and a co-founder of Hortonworks. He has a BS in Mathematics from Oregon State University and a MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book reads like a blog. Beyond spell check, it has no editorial oversight whatsover. the content order is adhoc it goes from one topic to another without any apparent continuity. for example, right after a cursory introduction to Map Reduce and PIG, the discussion goes into an arcane details of commandline and flag settings without any context.
the book covers a whole lot of concepts, but the introduction of these concepts itself is weak. For example, projections are introduced as something PIG has in common with SQL.
book itself is -2 stars. -1 for amazon's kindle & oreilly. the publishing quality in this book is horrible. the code fonts smaller than main text, uneven spacing etc. default settings on freely available web publishing softwares produces better content than what amazon and orielly have produced here.
I was disappointed that the book only has a cursory reference to piggybank.jar which is a big plus for PIG, and that too at the end with no real examples about it. Also there are tons of PIG examples on the internet which pretty much walk through many scenarios much better than this book .
This is a quick reference book, not a PIG Bible