This tutorial provides a walk-through of the development process from beginning to end and is designed to be an introduction to working with data on HPCC, as well as give an introduction to Thor and Roxie. The Sample Data Files are required references for the tutorial.
ECL Playground is a tool hosted on an ESP server. A page runs in your browser, allowing you to access and execute self-contained ECL code on your HPCC system without the use of any other tools. The ECL Playground then shows you the results and the graph in your browser. The view is very similar to what the ECL IDE displays. Listen to the ECL Playground Podcast and how it can be a helpful tool for developers.
The ECL Scheduler is a component process installed with the HPCC system platform. ECL Scheduling provides a means of automating processes within ECL code or to chain processes together to work in sequence.
ECL is the Enterprise Control Language designed specifically for huge data projects using the HPCC platform. Its extreme scalability comes from a design that allows you to leverage every query you create for re-use in subsequent queries as needed. To do this, ECL takes a dictionary approach to building queries wherein each ECL definition defines an Attribute. Each previously defined Attribute can then be used in succeeding ECL Attribute definitions as the language extends itself as you use it.
The ECL compiler now supports adding external resources to a Workunit using a
manifest file. The manifest, in XML format, adds external resources such as XSLT transformations, or other objects to the archive before it is compiled and deployed to the server. This document demonstrates how to use this feature to visualize ECL job results using Google Chart Tools.