Category Archives: Book Reviews

Fighting ageism – really?

March 2017 issue of SD Times has a “Fighting ageism” picture on the cover. The main article is “Old developers can learn new tricks”. The author takes a two-prong approach: quoting (rare) managers who find value in older programmers, and talking about individual older developers who are “reinventing themselves.” I need to state emphatically that […]

Review of “Spark in Action” by Petar Zecevic and Marko Bonaci (Manning)

“Spark in Action” has the standard Manning structure: it has four parts, “First Steps,” “Meet the Spark Family,” “Spark Ops,” (where “ops” stands for operations), and “Bringing it all Together.” The first part takes you from zero to using Spark on a standalone computer. The second part goes through the tools that come with Spark: […]

Review of “Monitoring Hadoop” by Gurmukh Singh

This book is recently published, April 2015, and it covers Nagios, Ganglia, Hadoop monitoring and monitoring best practices. The first part is rightfully devoted to Nagios. Nagios is covered quite in depth: install, verification and configuration. It gives you the right balance: it does not say everything that there is in a Nagios manual, but […]