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 […]
“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: […]
“Learning Spark” was the first published book on the subject. Six months later, there appeared a plethora of other books. This review will concern itself mostly with the “Learning Spark” book, but for the benefit of the reader, it will also compare it to a couple other books. The intent here is to help the […]
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 […]
This is the second edition of the Apache Flume book, and it covers the latest Flume version 5.2. The author works at Orbitz, so he can draw on a lot of practical Big Data experience. The intro chapter takes you through the history, versions, requirements, and the install and sample run of Flume. The author gives […]
Manning Publications, by Chuck P. Lam, Mark W. Davis, and Ajit Gaddam Four years have passed since the first publication, and as Russians say, “A lot of water has passed (under the bridge) since then,” so let’s look at what’s new in this edition. First off, it has definitely been reworked, and it has added […]
This is a second edition of the Apache Flume book, and it covers the latest Flume version 5.2. The author works at Orbitz, so he can draw on a lot of practical Big Data experience. The intro chapter takes you through the history, versions, requirements, and the install and sample run of Flume. The author […]
A new book by Packt, on which I am a reviewer. Also, see my Amazon review for it here. Also, I am an official Packt reviewer on the books – see title page. With further review requests, or if you would like to review this book, contact Elephant Scale.