Apache Spark is a fast cluster computing system supporting interactive queries with SQL, machine learning, and graph computation all handled through the Spark API. The Apache Spark Java Library enables developers to quickly write programs in Java that access a unified engine in order to process large amounts of data. Supported by the Apache Software Foundation, the Java library comes well documented.
San Francisco startup Prior Knowledge recently released in public beta their predictive analytics API called Veritable. They want to enable every developer with big data prediction tools, without becoming a quant genius first. Just upload a dataset, execute analysis, make predictions and watch the sparks fly.
Yahoo has just released a major update to YQL, the Yahoo Query Language platform they first launched late last year as part of their Yahoo Open Strategy. YQL is a SQL-like programming interface to all Yahoo data that can also support non-Yahoo data as well (think of queries that look like: select id from flickr.photos.search where text='car'). This week's release adds a set of new features called Yahoo Execute which begin putting in place more pieces of a powerful cloud-based development platform.
Fhoster's Livebase API is a built-in REST API supporting HTML5, JSON and XML that allows users to create databases in cloud. Details on the API guide you through 5 steps. First is accessing a cloudlet. Fhoster defines a cloudlet as "A small piece of cloud just for you. It contains a dedicated MySQL database and everything you need to execute your models." The second step is accessing an application within the Cloudlet. Third is access a class within the application. Fourth is retrieving a structured object.