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HBase: The Definitive Guide 1st Edition

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About the Author

Lars George has been involved with HBase since 2007, and became a full HBase committer in 2009. He has spoken at various Hadoop User Group meetings, as well as large conferences such as FOSDEM in Brussels. He also started the Munich OpenHUG meetings. He now works closely with Cloudera to support Hadoop and HBase in and around Europe through technical support, consulting work, and training.

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  • Paperback: 556 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (September 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449396100
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449396107
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #522,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am just getting started with HBase and was looking for a book that gets me up and running. I read through the first half of the book and was getting a pretty good feel for how it seems you should use HBase.

Unfortunately the API used are out of date. I was unable to get any of the examples to work with HBase 0.94.4. I tried downgrading HBase to 0.92.0 but it did not work either. The Maven pom files make it look easy to up the version but it turns out the API has changed quite a bit.

It would be really nice if the GitHub project was brought up to date so one reading through the book can at least get the examples to run with a current version of HBase. I tried several of the project forks but none seemed to work for me. The project README should at least be updated to point to the specific version of HBase that is needed to run the examples.

I made it to chapter four when I realized this book is mostly useless at this point.
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When a book bills itself as "The Definitive Guide," well, that's a tall order to fill. But, except for updates as new releases of HBase roll out, I can't imagine another book surpassing this one by Lars George.

Lars George has been working with HBase since 2007 and is a full committer to the project as of 2009. He now works for Cloudera (a company providing a commercial flavor of Hadoop, as well as Hadoop support). After reading this book, there's no question in my mind that George has deep understanding, not only of HBase as a data solution, but of the internal workings of HBase.

George gives the background and history of HBase in the larger context of relational databases and NoSQL, which I found to be very helpful. The many diagrams throughout the book are extremely useful in explaining concepts, especially for those of us coming from a relational database background.

George has an excellent and clear writing style. Take, for example, the section where he discusses The Problem with Relational Database Systems, giving a quick rundown of the typical steps for getting an RDBMS to scale up. The flow of his summary reads like the increasing levels of panic that many of us have gone through when dealing with a database-backed application that will not scale.

As an example of how thorough and comprehensive the book is, look at chapter 2, where there is an extensive discussion of the type and class (not desktop PCs!) of machines suitable for running HBase. George gives a truly helpful set of configuration practices, even down to a recommendation for having redundant power supply units.

Another example of his thoroughness comes where George discusses delete methods (Chapter 3).
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This text is amongst the few books I have read in my career which not only serves as a great introduction to a technology, but also provides significant content for both advanced users and those who wish to understand what is under the covers in order to understand both benefits and drawbacks before making a decision in terms of adoption. While I was not familiar with the author, Lars George, until reading this text, the foreward to what the author shares here offers some street cred. "Of all those who have contributed to HBase over the years, it is poetic justice that Lars is the one to write this book. Lars was always dogging HBase contributors that the documentation needed to be better if we hoped to gain broader adoption. Everyone agreed, nodded their heads in ascent, amen'd, and went back to coding. So Lars started writing critical how-tos and architectural descriptions inbetween jobs and his intra-European travels as unofficial HBase European ambassador. His Lineland blogs on HBase gave the best description, outside of the source, of how HBase worked, and at a few critical junctures, carried the community across awkward transitions (e.g. an important blog explained the labyrinthian HBase build during the brief period we thought an Ivy-based build to be a 'good idea'). His luscious diagrams were poached by one and all wherever an HBase presentation was given."

At least one other reviewer here commented that it was hard for them to understand the purpose of this book, because of its broad scope. But in my opinion its broad scope is what makes it so valuable, at least to the architect. The potential reader just needs to keep in mind that they need to understand what they wish to gain from reading a text on HBase.
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Love this book.A must have for hadoop and hbase developers. well explained with examples and scenarios. Would appreciate if they ship a CD with some POCs.
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I'll just briefly echo the sentiments of other recent reviewers: the book is very comprehensive, and was undoubtedly THE HBase book to have -- in 2011, when it was published. Today, it is sorely out of date, begging for a 2nd edition. There is still useful information to be gleaned from it, at the big-picture, conceptual level. But many of the details, of configuration, deployment, and API, though laudably in-depth, are simply wrong today (especially if you're looking at HBase 1.x), and sometimes laughably so.
Also, I've found the text loses all its formatting on my Kindle Fire, making it very hard to read, though oddly it comes out fine in the Kindle app on my iPhone 6+. Presumably the print edition does not suffer from this flaw.
Though I can't recommend the book wholeheartedly, some readers may still find it useful for the depth of its coverage of architecture and implementation, from one of the earliest adopters and contributors.
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