Many people strive to be armchair data scientists. Google BigQuery provides an easy way for anyone with basic SQL knowledge to dig into large data sets and just explore. Using the rubygems.org download data we'll see how the Ruby and SQL you already know can help you parse, upload, and analyze multiple gigabytes of data quickly and easily without any previous Big Data experience.
Aja Hammerly, @the_thagomizer
Aja lives in Seattle where she is a developer advocate at Google and a member of the Seattle Ruby Brigade. Her favorite languages are Ruby and Prolog. She also loves working with large piles of data. In her free time she enjoys skiing, cooking, knitting, and long coding sessions on the beach.