HBase for Developers


This course introduces HBase – a NoSQL store on top of Hadoop.  The course is intended for developers who will be using HBase to develop applications and administrators who will manage HBase clusters.

What You Will Learn

  • HBase architecture and design
  • HBase internals
  • Using APIs to interact with HBase
  • Data modeling on HBase


3 days


Developers  & Administrators


  • comfortable with Java programming language
  • comfortable in Java programming language (navigate Linux command line , edit files with vi / nano)
  • A Java IDE like Eclipse or IntelliJ

Lab environment

A working HBase cluster will be provided for students.  Students would need a SSH client and a browser to access the cluster.

Zero Install : There is no need to install HBase software on students’ machines!

Course Outline

Introduction to Big Data & NoSQL

    • Big Data ecosystem
    • NoSQL overview
    • CAP theorem
    • When is NoSQL appropriate
    • Columnar storage
    • HBase and NoSQL

HBase Intro

    • Concepts and Design
    • Architecture (HMaster and Region Server)
    • Data integrity
    • HBase ecosystem
    • Lab : Exploring HBase

HBase Data model

    • Namespaces, Tables and Regions
    • Rows, columns, column families, versions
    • HBase Shell and Admin commands
    • Lab: HBase Shell

Accessing HBase using Java API

    • Introduction to Java API
    • Read / Write path
    • Time Series data
    • Scans
    • Map Reduce
    • Filters
    • Counters
    • Co-processors
    • Labs (multiple) : Using HBase Java API to implement  time series , Map Reduce, Filters and counters.

HBase schema Design: Group session

    • students are presented with real world use cases
    • students work in groups to come up with design solutions
    • discuss / critique and learn from multiple designs
    • Labs : implement a scenario in HBase

HBase Internals

    • Understanding HBase under the hood
    • Memfile / HFile / WAL
    • HDFS storage
    • Compactions
    • Splits
    • Bloom Filters
    • Caches
    • Diagnostics

HBase installation and configuration

    • hardware selection
    • install methods
    • common configurations
    • Lab: installing HBase

HBase eco-system

    • developing applications using HBase
    • interacting with other Hadoop stack (MapReduce, Pig, Hive)
    • frameworks around HBase
    • advanced concepts (co-processors)
    • Labs: writing HBase applications

Monitoring And Best Practices

    • monitoring tools and practices
    • optimizing HBase
    • HBase in the cloud
    • real-world use cases of HBase
    • Labs: checking HBase vitals