Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (July 3, 2016)
Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
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Our team has worked with Spark since 1.0 and I needed to get up to speed. My team recommended this book. The team is made up of experienced people; some have advanced degrees and all have over 20 years experience each. The point is not to brag, but to suggest we have had to evaluate multiple books in the past. But, note this book is accessible to anyone with some programming experience and curiosity.The authors are clearly knowledgeable and presentation and flow are clear and concise. Chapter 3, in particular, which covers fundamentals of Spark and Scala, was very useful. Compared to the large tomes out there on these subjects, this chapter quickly covered what I needed to move forward. The same applied to Chapter 4, which introduces GraphX fundamentals.I have prior experience with machine learning and I appreciated Chapter 7 covering Spark capabilities couched in supervised, unsupervised, and semi-supervised terms. This partitioned GraphX (and some MLlib) capabilities into manageable chunks by application. These concepts are introduced as well, but those familiar with machine learning may feel at home too.Monitoring Spark job progress and performance is not always the easiest. In Chapter 9, the authors’ real-world experience shines with tips and tricks that would only come with actual hands-on trial and error. This is important. When using a new technology, things may not work as expected and learning how to debug at the same time is twice as brutal. So, having real-world operational debugging approaches really helped.I do wish some of the examples were a little more in-depth. The authors appear to have the experience to have done this.
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