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It must be a frosty day indeed in the nether regions as Microsoft announces it has joined the Linux Foundation as a Platinum member. As the Ars article points out, Microsoft has been becoming more and more open source friendly over the last few years since Satya Nadella became CEO. Microsoft currently contributes to several Linux Foundation projects, including Node.js Foundation, OpenDaylight, Open Container Initiative, R Consortium and Open API Initiative. Still, this is something that was unthinkable not that long ago. Nevertheless, it is a very welcome move here. I remember visiting Microsoft a number of years ago, and I was quite impressed with the talented people working there. I sometimes joked that they must surely have a Microsoft distribution of Linux running Office tucked away somewhere on the Redmond campus!

Today’s announcement also included the revelation of a Linux version of SQL server becoming available for preview. So it suddenly doesn’t seem all that farfetched that a Linux version of Office could make an appearance in the future. Microsoft already has Android and iOS versions of Office applications, so a Linux version is not a big stretch. And Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 will be joining Visual Studio Code on the Mac. While Visual Studio 2017 on the Mac is really an update of the Xamarin Studio development tools, it is a very welcome addition. I have found Macs to be wonderful development platforms and this addition will allow me to broaden my development targets without the overhead of running a Windows VM, hopefully.

Completing this seemingly improbable love fest, it was also announced that Google is joining the .NET Foundation and will be part of the Steering Group. As a developer, I’m really liking all of this cross platform kumbya!

Quite a lot has changed since my last post on these pages! Google’s Android has matured considerably, with Android 6.0 Marshmallow ready to burst through the gate on the Nexus 5X and 6P. Apple’s iOS continues to evolve in version 9, and with the release of new, larger, faster, iPhones, Apple’s dominance in the mobile space has roared back to life. And don’t count Microsoft out of the race just yet! Windows 10 has proven to be a success on the desktop and Microsoft has sweetened the deal with slick new Surface hardware and Lumina phones.

It’s a great time to be a developer on any of these platforms. The only limit is your imagination, and of course, development time!

A few months ago I had no idea what Hadoop was but now I know its where all the cool kids play with big data. Seems that the old guard is picking up on it too. A few weeks ago it was reported that Microsoft was integrating Hadoop options into SQL Server. And now Ars reports that data warehouse titan Teradata is bringing its own Hadoop friendly solutions to the table.

In announcing the Teradata Aster MapReduce Platform, Teradata is acknowledging that the growing popularity of Hadoop, which is free and open source, is cutting into their bottom line. The Aster MapReduce Platform will allow analysts to use the SQL queries they are familiar with on top of Hadoop which on its own requires writing queries in more traditional programming languages such as Java or Ruby.

From personal experience, I know that reformulating SQL queries into Ruby code to run as MapReduce jobs on Hadoop is no small task. So Aster will likely be welcome in many quarters, especially those comprising a lot of Teradata’s current customers who may be contemplating moves away from their conventional (and expensive) data warehousing tools and services.

Of course, Microsoft and Teradata are not the first to offer tools that layer SQL and analytics on top of Hadoop. Tools like Hive and Datameer have been available for a while now. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. So Teradata getting into the Hadoop game speaks of quite a raging blaze below.