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Getting Started with Spark 2

by Janani Ravi

The 2.x releases of Spark represent significantly different and upgraded features. This course will focus on all of these changes, in both theory and practice.

What you'll learn

Spark is possibly the most popular engine for big data processing these days and the 2.x release has several new features which make Spark more powerful and easy to work with. In this course, Getting Started with Spark 2, you will get up and running with Spark 2 and understand the similarities and differences between version 2.x and older versions. First, you will get to see the basic Spark architecture and the details of Project Tungsten which brought great performance improvements to Spark 2. You will go over the new developer APIs using DataFrames and see how they inter-operate with RDDs from Spark 1.x. Next, you will move on to big data processing where you will load and clean datasets, remove invalid rows, execute transformations to extract insights and perform grouping, sorting, and aggregations using the new DataFrame APIs. You will also study how and where to use broadcast variables and accummulators. Finally, you will work with Spark SQL which allows you to use SQL commands for big data processing. The course also covers advanced SQL support in the form of windowing operations. At the end of this course, you should be very comfortable working with Spark DataFrames and Spark SQL. You will be better equipped to make technical choices based on the performance trade-offs of older versions of Spark vs. Spark 2. Software required: Apache Spark 2.2, Python 2.7.

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About the author

Janani has a Masters degree from Stanford and worked for 7+ years at Google. She was one of the original engineers on Google Docs and holds 4 patents for its real-time collaborative editing framework. After spending years working in tech in the Bay Area, New York, and Singapore at companies such as Microsoft, Google, and Flipkart, Janani finally decided to combine her love for technology with her passion for teaching. She is now the co-founder of Loonycorn, a content studio focused on providing ... more

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