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DataFrame or Dataset to solve sessionization problem?

When I was preparing the demo code for my talk about sessionization at Spark AI Summit 2019 in Amsterdam, I wrote my first version of code with DataFrame abstraction. I hadn't type safety but the data manipulation was quite clear thanks to the mapping. Later, I tried to rewrite the code with Dataset and I got type safety but sacrificed a little bit of clarity. Let me deep delve into that in this post.

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Delta and snapshot state store formats

State store uses checkpoint location to persist state which is locally cached in memory for faster access during the processing. The checkpoint location is used at the recovery stage. An important thing to know here is that there are 2 file formats with checkpointed state, delta and snapshot files.

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Watermark in Structured Streaming

I was already taking about watermark on my blog but this time I will focus more on its use in the context of a stateful processing.

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State store 101

After checkpointing, it's time to start a new chapter of Spark Summit AI 2019 preparation posts. And in this new chapter I will describe the state store. It's the first of 3 articles about this important part of the stateful processing.

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Checkpoint storage in Structured Streaming

At the moment of writing this post I'm preparing the content for my first Spark Summit talk about solving sessionization problem in batch or streaming. Since I'm almost sure that I will be unable to say everything I prepared, I decided to take notes and transform them into blog posts. You're currently reading the first post from this series (#Spark Summit 2019 talk notes).

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FileAlreadyExistsException at task retry on EMR

The exceptions are our daily pain but the exceptions hard to explain are more than that. I faced one of them one day when I was integrating Apache Spark SQL on EMR.

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Date functions in Apache Spark SQL

This new post about Apache Spark SQL will give some hands-on use cases of date functions.

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Aggregations execution in Apache Spark SQL

I wanted to write this post after the one about aggregation modes but I didn't. Before explaining different aggregation strategies, I prefer to clarify aggregation internals. It should help you to better understand the next part.

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The why of code generation in Apache Spark SQL

By the end of 2018 I published a post about code generation in Apache Spark SQL where I answered the questions about who, when, how and what. But I omitted the "why" and cozos created an issue on my Github to complete the article. Something I will try to do here.

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Less popular aggregation functions in Apache Spark SQL

There are 2 popular ways to come to the data engineering field. Either you were a software engineer and you were fascinated by the data domain and its problems (I did). Or simply you evolved from a BI Developer. The big advantage of the latter path is that these people spent a lot of time on writing SQL queries and their knowledge of its functions is much better than for the people from the first category. This post is written by a data-from-software engineer who discovered that aggregation is not only about simple arithmetic values but also about distributions and collections.

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Buckets in Apache Spark SQL

Partitioning is the most popular method to divide a dataset into smaller parts. It's important to know that it can be completed with another technique called bucketing.

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Vectorized operations in Apache Spark SQL

When I was preparing my talk about Apache Spark customization, I wanted to talk about User Defined Types. After some digging, I saw that there are some UDT in the source code and one of them was VectorUDT. And it led me to the topic of this post which is the vectorization.

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Writing custom external catalog listeners in Apache Spark SQL

When I was writing posts about Apache Spark SQL customization through extensions, I found a method to define custom catalog listeners. Since it was my first contact with this, before playing with it, I decided to discover the feature.

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Writing custom optimization in Apache Spark SQL - custom parser

Last time I presented ANTLR and how Apache Spark SQL uses it to convert textual SQL expressions into internal classes. In this post I will write a custom parser.

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Writing custom optimization in Apache Spark SQL - parser

I started the series about Apache Spark SQL customization from the last parts of query execution, which are logical and physical plans. But you must know that before the framework generates these plans, it must first parse the query.

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Writing custom optimization in Apache Spark SQL - Union rewriter MVP version

Last time I presented you the basics of code generation in physical plans of Apache Spark SQL. This time I will try to write a physical plan executing UNION operation as a JOIN without code generation.

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Apache Avro and Apache Spark compatibility

I'm very happy when the readers comment on my posts or tweets. A lot of such discussions are the topics of posts. It's the case of this one where I try to figure out whether Apache Spark SQL Avro source is compatible with other applications using this serialization format.

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Writing custom optimization in Apache Spark SQL - generated code

In my previous post, I explained how to implement a custom physical plan execution. However, this first version didn't use generated code which is also an interesting option to customize Apache Spark. And it's also the feature that I will cover in this post.

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Apache Spark Structured Streaming and Apache Kafka offsets management

Some time ago I got 3 interesting questions about the implementation of Apache Kafka connector in Apache Spark Structured Streaming. I will answer them in this post.

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Writing custom optimization in Apache Spark SQL - physical plan

If you follow Apache Spark SQL category on my blog, you can see a lot of posts about customizing this framework. After recently published custom logical rules, it's time to explore another part which is planner strategy.

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