On Monday, I made my way to San Jose for Strata-Hadoop World. I've been to all six Stratas in Silicon Valley, the first four in Santa Clara. The hardcore sessions/keynotes are Wednesday-Thursday, but over the years I've generally preferred the Tuesday tutorials, which are less crowded as well as better learning vehicles. Last year's all-day presentations on academic machine learning left my head spinning; several years ago it was eight hours of Spark that made me a big data computation proselyte.

This year I decided to do an all-day, hands-on session tutorial Tuesday, the choices a tough call between PyData and R. In the end I chose PyData at Strata since I'm somewhat more more advanced in R and wished to be exposed  to the Bokeh interactive visualization platform.

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