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The very best computer books are short, concise and information dense.
This sadly is short verbose and information light.
There is a lot of padding in here for a really very short book - 120 pages doesn't give you scope for multi page code listings and the explanations are not detailed enough to be useful while trying to cover lots of options means you have a lot of too short to actually be of any benefit passages.
Avoid this book. Considering the price it's a shocker!
Compared to the tutorials, documentations and other stuff one can easily find about the Apache Spark project, this book doesn't add much information. I'd just started working with Spark a couple of weeks before buying the book, and I've learned absolutely nothing. It was a huge disappointement.
Im rating 3 stars , for the time it was published, i might even rate 4. ... here is why i think this book is slightly better than most give it credit for.
- this book, for the time it was published, was a useful learning aide, and there wasnt much else out there. - this book has code snippets, tables, and a real world setup described reasonably well. - it touches on everything : memory, deployment, and the basic tenants of RDDs