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Richard Taylor on 02/27/2018
I receive a lot of interesting questions from members in our community about how to do this and that in ECL. Recently, someone sent me some code and asked how to PARSE dates.
Richard Taylor on 03/02/2016

Given the recent buzz around this year’s 88th Academy Awards, our team decided to put HPCC Systems to the test. We used the platform to scan IMDb’s movie database1 for the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.” But we didn’t stop there.

Richard Taylor on 03/13/2014

I get fairly frequent emails asking, "How can I ... (do something) in ECL?" I've saved the example code from many of these questions, so now I'll begin sharing them through this blog.

If anybody has this type of question they'd like me to answer (in the blog), please just send me an email to and I will do my best to come up with an ECL example demonstrating the solution.

Richard Taylor on 06/12/2012

How does one get started writing a Blog?

Flavio suggested to me recently, "You should write a blog about ECL to give the community an additional resource to learn more about it." So I said, "OK, I know quite a bit about ECL, so what specifically are you suggesting I write about?" And he replied, "Machine Learning."