Apache MetaModel, Drill Graduate From Incubator
The Apache Software Foundation graduated its MetaModel and Drill projects from the organization's incubator to become Top-Level Projects.The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has made its Apache MetaModel data access framework a Top-Level Project (TLP) at the organization. Apache MetaModel graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a TLP, signifying a level of maturity of the project. MetaModel gets its name from being a model for interacting with data based on metadata, enabling developers to go above the physical data layer and apply their application to just about any data. Apache MetaModel is a data access framework that provides a common interface for the discovery, exploration, and querying of different types of data sources. Unlike traditional mapping frameworks, MetaModel emphasizes metadata of the data source itself and the ability to add more data sources at runtime. MetaModel's schema model and SQL-like query API is applicable to databases, CSV files, Excel spreadsheets, NoSQL databases, Cloud-based business applications, and even regular Java objects. This level of abstraction makes MetaModel great for dynamic data processing applications, less so for applications modeled strictly around a particular domain, ASF officials said. "MetaModel enables you to consolidate code and consolidate data a lot quicker than any other library out there," said Kasper Sorensen, vice president of Apache MetaModel, in a statement. "In these 'big data days' there's a lot of focus on performance and scalability, and surely these topics also surround Apache MetaModel. The big data challenge is not always about massive loads of data, but instead massive variation and feeding a lot of different sources into a single application. Now to make such an application you both need a lot of connectivity capabilities and a lot of modeling flexibility. Those are the two aspects where Apache MetaModel shines. We make it possible for you to build applications that retain the complexity of your data – even if that complexity may change over time. The trick to achieve this is to model on the metadata and not on your assumptions."
David Morales, a big data architect at Stratio, said Apache MetaModel is a key technology in Stratio Datavis, allowing Stratio developers to manage metadata and create SQL-based connectors for a variety of data stores. "Thanks to Apache MetaModel, Datavis users can create beautiful dashboards using their SQL skills, instead of knowing several query languages,” Morales said.