Getting a brand new project to the point of making Apache-level releases is a non-trivial step and is a critical step in the Apache incubation. Apache Drill has taken this step and has now made the Drill Alpha release available.
What is the status of Apache Drill for users?Apache Drill is in very active development, with contributions being made by a wide community of participants. With this first release, Drill is at a stage where early users can try it out. While Drill is not ready for production use, it is ready for early feedback from potential users. It would be especially helpful to the project and the community for users to try the software now and provide constructive feedback, either informally via the Apache Drill user mailing list or in a more involved way, such as defining a project of query testing and working with Drill engineers to report and examine results of such queries.
Users choose from a variety of data sources, pose a query, and set Drill into action.
What is the status of Apache Drill’s underlying technology?Drill has two major goals. The primary one is to support users who need advanced ad hoc querying capability. The second is to develop technology that can be used in Drill itself, or in other projects. At this point, Drill has already demonstrated the following technical capabilities
- Initial functionality of a dynamically typed SQL parser
- Distributed query via the SQL, logical plan and physical plan layers
- High performance networked processing of in-memory columnar data
- Code generation for SQL execution from Java-based template definitions
- Execution of queries with nested data having dynamic schemas
What are the next steps for Apache Drill?The Drill team (break out the pom-poms!) is working hard at building community and building code. The next few milestone releases should lead to code that is suitable for early production use. In particular, over the next few months you should expect to see the following:
- Additional milestone releases
- New committers
- Full operation of the dynamically typed SQL parser
- Integration of Optiq’s cost-based optimizer
- Initial query performance and throughput results
How can others join in?You can join the development of Apache Drill in many different ways. If you are good at coding, we need you. If you are good at documenting, we want you. If you have other special talents, speak up! In all of these cases, one way to get started is to join the mailing list and speak up. Another way is to attend the meetups and to hear about what is happening with Drill and share ideas. The Bay Area Apache Drill User Group recently met in San Jose to discuss the status of the project at the first milestone release. Details are found on the meetup site. Join the Drill User Group:
http://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Apache-Drill-User-Group/ Check out Apache Drill project at:
http://incubator.apache.org/drill/ Get involved:
http://incubator.apache.org/drill/index.html#get_involved Follow on Twitter:
Follow @ApacheDrill Find additional discussions and updates at Apache Drill User site:
http://drill-user.org/ About Ted: Ted Dunning is MapR's Chief Application Architect and Apache Drill Project Champion.