the Hadoop comic

Subject: the Hadoop comic
From: Lee Fisher <blibbet -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2011 12:56:19 -0800

Maneesh's comic has been quite popular.

I've shown it to some people who didn't know about Hadoop before they read it, and the comic was quite effective at being teaching the topic. It would have been much more difficult to get them to learn about Hadoop, otherwise. :-)

Maybe all technical software products should ship with a comic. :-)


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From: maneesh varshney <mvarshney -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: common-user -at- hadoop -dot- apache -dot- org
Subject: HDFS Explained as Comics
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 12:28:42 -0800
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For your reading pleasure!

PDF 3.3MB uploaded at (the mailing list has a cap of 1MB attachments):

Appreciate if you can spare some time to peruse this little experiment of
mine to use Comics as a medium to explain computer science topics. This
particular issue explains the protocols and internals of HDFS.

I am eager to hear your opinions on the usefulness of this visual medium to
teach complex protocols and algorithms.

[My personal motivations: I have always found text descriptions to be too
verbose as lot of effort is spent putting the concepts in proper time-space
context (which can be easily avoided in a visual medium); sequence diagrams
are unwieldy for non-trivial protocols, and they do not explain concepts;
and finally, animations/videos happen "too fast" and do not offer
self-paced learning experience.]

All forms of criticisms, comments (and encouragements) welcome :)



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