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Apache Spark 2.x for Java Developers

By : Sourav Gulati, Sumit Kumar
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Apache Spark 2.x for Java Developers

By: Sourav Gulati, Sumit Kumar

Overview of this book

Apache Spark is the buzzword in the big data industry right now, especially with the increasing need for real-time streaming and data processing. While Spark is built on Scala, the Spark Java API exposes all the Spark features available in the Scala version for Java developers. This book will show you how you can implement various functionalities of the Apache Spark framework in Java, without stepping out of your comfort zone. The book starts with an introduction to the Apache Spark 2.x ecosystem, followed by explaining how to install and configure Spark, and refreshes the Java concepts that will be useful to you when consuming Apache Spark's APIs. You will explore RDD and its associated common Action and Transformation Java APIs, set up a production-like clustered environment, and work with Spark SQL. Moving on, you will perform near-real-time processing with Spark streaming, Machine Learning analytics with Spark MLlib, and graph processing with GraphX, all using various Java packages. By the end of the book, you will have a solid foundation in implementing components in the Spark framework in Java to build fast, real-time applications.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Title Page
About the Authors
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback

Why use Java for Spark?

With the rise in multi-core CPUs, Java could not keep up with the change in its design to utilize that extra power available to its disposal because of the complexity surrounding concurrency and immutability. We will discuss this in detail, later. First let's understand the importance and usability of Java in the Hadoop ecosystem. As MapReduce was gaining popularity, Google introduced a framework called Flume Java that helped in pipelining multiple MapReduce jobs. Flume Java consists of immutable parallel collections capable of performing lazily evaluated optimized chained operations. That might sound eerily similar to what Apache Spark does, but then even before Apache Spark and Java Flume, there was Cascading, which built an abstraction over MapReduce to simplify the way MapReduce tasks are developed, tested, and run. All these frameworks were majorly a Java implementation to simplify MapReduce pipelines among other things.

These abstractions were simple in fact...