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HBase Design Patterns by Sujee Maniyam, Mark Kerzner

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The HBase shell

The HBase shell is great because it gives you the first handle on HBase. It allows you to create, modify, and delete tables; put and get values; and run scans. It is only a simple interface and not really programmable (for that you still need Java, but it is a start.)

Now, it is time to start creating the HBase shell. Type in the following command, which you can type on the Linux command prompt:

hbase shell

On clicking Enter, you will see the following output:

HBase Shell; enter 'help<RETURN>' for list of supported commands.
Type "exit<RETURN>" to leave the HBase Shell
Version 0.94.6-cdh4.5.0, rUnknown, Wed Nov 20 15:48:11 PST 2013
hbase(main):001:0>

Once you see this output, you will know that HBase is installed. However, there ...

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