Data Analytics With Hadoop and Spark


This course will introduce Apache Spark. The students will learn how  Spark fits into the Big Data ecosystem, and how to use Spark for data analysis.

This class is taught with Python language and using Jupyter environment

What You Will Learn

  • Spark ecosystem
  • Spark Shell
  • Spark Data structures (RDD / Dataframe / Dataset)
  • Spark SQL
  • Modern data formats and Spark
  • Spark & Hadoop & Hive

Audience :

Data Analysts , Business Analysts

Duration :

2-3 days (depending on coverage required)


  • Analyst background (familiarity with SQL, Scripting ..etc)

Lab Environment

We provide the complete lab environment in the cloud.  No need to install Spark on your laptop.

See below for what to bring.

What to Bring:

A reasonably modern laptop.  I need to be able to connect to cloud services. Laptops with overly restrictive firewalls are not recommended)

Detailed Outline:

Spark Introduction

    • Big Data, Hadoop, Spark
    • Spark concepts and architecture
    • Spark components overview
    • Labs : Installing and running Spark

First Look at Spark

    • Spark shell
    • Spark web UIs
    • Analyzing dataset – part 1
    • Labs: Spark shell exploration

Spark Data structures

    • Partitions
    • Distributed execution
    • Operations: transformations and actions
    • Labs: Unstructured data analytics using RDDs


    • Caching overview
    • Various caching mechanisms available in Spark
    • In memory file systems
    • Caching use cases and best practices
    • Labs: Benchmark of caching performance

Dataframes / Datasets

    • Dataframes Intro
    • Loading structured data (json, CSV) using Dataframes
    • Using schema
    • Specifying schema for Dataframes
    • Labs : Dataframes, Datasets, Schema

Spark SQL

    • Spark SQL concepts and overview
    • Defining tables and importing datasets
    • Querying data using SQL
    • Handling various storage formats : JSON / Parquet / ORC
    • Labs: querying structured data using SQL; evaluating data formats

Spark and Hadoop

    • Hadoop Primer: HDFS / YARN
    • Hadoop + Spark architecture
    • Running Spark on Hadoop YARN
    • Processing HDFS files using Spark
    • Spark & Hive


    • These are group workshops
    • Attendees will work on solving real-world data analysis problems using Spark