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From Tomer Shiran <tshi...@maprtech.com>
Subject Re: Auto-aliasing of HBase columns in Drill queries
Date Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:07:24 GMT
Check out Drill views. You can define a view that exposes the HBase table
in whatever way you want, including aliases.

On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 3:14 PM, Kyrill Alyoshin <kyrill007@gmail.com>

> Guys,
> We have an HBase system (MapR M7 to be precise) where we store data in
> HBase tables under aliased columns. What I mean is that the column keys are
> physically named as '1', '2', '3', etc. This is done to save on storage of
> data. Typically we use Cascading/Cascalog to query this data. We were able
> to add an aliasing layer in our Cascading queries (through Cascading
> extension) to allow human readable queries (i.e. using 'firstName' alias
> instead of '1').
> We'd like to try out Drill for SQL based access. Where should we start
> "drilling" in the Drill's code base to develop similar extensions? I am
> assuming that Drill currently provides no such functionality out of the
> box.
> In other words, instead of our HBase query looking like this:
> SELECT cast(account[*‘1’*] as varchar(20)) as `Address`
> we'd like it to look like this from a user perspective:
> SELECT cast(account[*‘address’*] as varchar(20)) as `Address`
> Any help in direction is greatly appreciated. We can easily volunteer to
> provide such a contribution ourselves, just let us know where to start
> "drilling". :-)
> Thank you very much!
> -Kyrill

Tomer Shiran
VP Product Management | MapR Technologies | 650-804-8657

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