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Hadoop in Practice 1st Edition

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About the Author

Alex Holmes is a senior software engineer with extensive expertise in solving big data problems using Hadoop. He has presented at JavaOne and Jazoon and is a technical lead at VeriSign.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 536 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (October 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617290238
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617290237
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #874,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alex Holmes (born 1974) is a software engineer at Verisign, and a technology author and blogger. Alex started working with Hadoop in 2008 on a web-crawl and analytics platform at Verisign. As he started working with Hadoop in production environments he had to figure out how to solve problems such as moving data in and out of Hadoop, using compression without destroying data locality, performing advanced joining techniques and so on. These items didn't have a lot of coverage in existing Hadoop books, and that's really the idea behind Alex's book, Hadoop in Practice (Manning 2012) - it's a collection of real-world recipes learned the hard way over the years.

Alex has also been a presenter at JavaOne and Jazoon.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michael on December 15, 2013
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This book is way too old, it's only really good for giving you ideas of what to try. The versions of all the software that this book is based on are often times impossible to obtain now, many of the hadoop sites are in the habit of removing old versions of their projects so you can't download them. For example, the book is primarily based on using hadoop 0.20 and/or cloudera's hadoop version three. It's no longer possible to download those, if you have an old version then hold on to it in case you need it.

None of the installation instructions in the book will work with the newer versions of applications. In some cases the entire idea of how you would run and use a tool has changed. Also, the entire way that HDFS and Map-reduce works has changed since YARN was added, so the books explanation of that is old.

The book often omits important details like which jar you need to use for a particular piece of code. Classpath and dependency issues are always a nightmare to deal with and the book offers little help with this. He should list everything that you would put in a maven dependency. He often omits the import lines in java code, so you have little idea which class he is referring to in the code.

There are often times when he requires you to use software written by him, such as the "File Slurper" that Alex wrote. I am very wary of using any code like that, if it doesn't have the support of the apache/hadoop community then it's very likely to be out of date and unsupported sooner or later. I skipped any chapter I saw like that. I kept seeing this reference to a bash script called "run.sh" in the book, and could not figure out what he was referring to. I could find no such shell script in any software I downloaded.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Boyarsky on November 14, 2012
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"Hadoop in Practice" covers recipes/techniques for working with Hadoop. The 85 techniques range from pure Hadoop to related technologies like Mahout and Pig. There was good discussion of algorithms.

Java is definitely a pre-requisite. The book says you should have some knowledge of HDFS and MapReduce. Yet chapter one starts with "what is hadoop." It reads better as a review than an intro and doesn't fit with the rest of the book. It also assumes you haven't installed/started Hadoop. You really should read an intro book first and skim chapter one.

I particularly liked the chapters on MapReduce and performance. The overview of iostat and vmstat was clear and better than in many UNIX books. I also liked the AST explain plan. The techniques about when to use joins and sorts seemed like they would be in "Hadoop in Action" as well. Yet the comparison of different types fit well.

Each chapter begins with a conceptual overview which was very useful. The book also contains many diagrams to add clarity.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing this review.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Underwood on June 2, 2013
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I'm a Hadoop beginner. If you are too, this is not the book for you. The author has stuffed a bit about every conceivable Hadoop-related application of every related Apache project into this book and, beyond being a useful overview discovery guide, it is simultaneously too wide and too shallow (or brief) to be useful to those without substantial knowledge of many of the topics discussed. I'm sure some of the optimization material is useful to those with well-formed questions but this format does not lend itself well to a reader's bootstrap effort on the subject of Hadoop. In all fairness, it does not claim to. Just sayin'.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By telescope7 on January 11, 2013
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Hadoop in Practice is a very high quality and well written book and is packed with useful examples. The breadth and detail of the material is by far superior than other Hadoop reference guides. This book is perfect for someone who likes to learn new tools/technology while following pragmatical and real-world examples.

This is a must buy for any serious Hadoop user / developer..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chenghai on February 6, 2014
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I'm a beginner and have no experience with any hadoop development before. Before I started to read this book, I had read some articles on the internet. Also read "the hadoop in action". This book really has everything I want to know and have very detailed explanation about the concepts. Every parts in the book are well organized and well written. The author's writing skill is really very amazing, he explains the very complicated concepts in a very plain and easy to understand way. No hypos. The examples in the book are also very practical and very useful and touched many different areas of where hadoop could be used. Not like the online tutorials only play with word count game. The examples in this book are real and practical!
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By Miguel on March 24, 2014
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Probably the first book I have encountered to have specific example of running Hadoop, The beginning is a good lesson about how the book is laid out, then it goes into detail's about getting Hadoop started. I appreciate the author trying to have a go at it, but to update the audience because Hadoop is stilling morphing, there are many caveats about how it is installed via which version of Hadoop, the book had good detail's about Cloudera's version but please do not use this book to have a prescriptive way of installing hadoop as it has changed. The example are good enough to get you started and the detail about what the code means is why the third star. I just think that because Hadoop is still going through metamorphosis stages, all books are just antidotal, many changes have happened during the writing of this book. What is promising it has a version for YARN.
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