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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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Unfortunately the API used are out of date.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.
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).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
The book begins by explaining the history, nomenclature and basic concepts and then gets into the advanced topics in a lot of depth. The book also talks in great detail about the deployment patterns for HBase.
I will highly recommend this book to anyone who's is interested in learning about HBase and is looking to deploy it in their environment.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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. Read morePublished 6 months ago by unacoder
The book needs lot more details. I guess Cloudera Manuals are better written and also the other whitepapers published by Apache developers.Published 10 months ago by Supratim De
Super helpful book. It's only issue is it's currency. 2011 was a LONG time ago in HBase years. I highly anticipate the second edition coming this summer.Published 13 months ago by Bill
You can access the early release of the Second Edition on Safari right now. Go there, then buy the book when it is released in print this summer.Published 15 months ago by Joshua Smythe
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.Published on December 18, 2013 by Sa
Lars does an awesome job of giving you context & meaning every step of the way -- not an easy feat with a product as deep and wide as HBase.Published on January 25, 2013 by rICh
When I purchased it was the only book on HBase and I found the money well-spent; although, I feel it lacks in many areas but can give you something to code after a few days of... Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by Wadood Chaudhary
Let me start by saying that I am still learning Hadoop/HBase and have started learning only a month back. Read morePublished on August 24, 2012 by Arun Agrawal