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About the Course

Manipulating big data distributed over a cluster using functional concepts is rampant in industry, and is arguably one of the first widespread industrial uses of functional ideas. This is evidenced by the popularity of MapReduce and Hadoop, and most recently Apache Spark, a fast, in-memory distributed collections framework written in Scala. In this course, we'll see how the data parallel paradigm can be extended to the distributed case, using Spark throughout. We'll cover Spark's programming model in detail, being careful to understand how and when it differs from familiar programming models, like shared-memory parallel collections or sequential Scala collections. Through hands-on examples in Spark and Scala, we'll learn when important issues related to distribution like latency and network communication should be considered and how they can be addressed effectively for improved performance. Learning Outcomes. By the end of this course you will be able to: - read data from persistent storage and load it into Apache Spark, - manipulate data with Spark and Scala, - express algorithms for data analysis in a functional style, - recognize how to avoid shuffles and recomputation in Spark, Recommended background: You should have at least one year programming experience. Proficiency with Java or C# is ideal, but experience with other languages such as C/C++, Python, Javascript or Ruby is also sufficient. You should have some familiarity using the command line. This course is intended to be taken after Parallel Programming:

Top reviews

Jun 7, 2017

The sessions where clearly explained and focused. Some of the exercises contained slightly confusing hints and information, but I'm sure those mistakes will be ironed out in future iterations. Thanks!

Nov 28, 2019

Excellent overview of Spark, including exercises that solidify what you learn during the lectures. The development environment setup tutorials were also very helpful, as I had not yet worked with sbt.

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By Javier R C

Jun 30, 2017

Great introduction to Spark. Very interesting lectures, slides and assignments

By Andrzej J

Mar 20, 2017

Great course, presentations prepared with passion, exercise of right level....

By Aitor G N

Sep 27, 2021

Buen curso, recomiendo saber o tener bases de scala, sino te pierdes un poco

By Fábio A R

May 13, 2019

Excellent course, very handful for whoever is starting his studies in spark.

By Alberto C B

Jun 30, 2018

Great introductory course on Spark with Scala. Touched many important things

By Arthur-Lance

Sep 15, 2018

really great course, it help me fast get into the new area. thanks a lot!!!

By Giuliano C

Jul 2, 2017

Excellent course, my only suggestion would be to split week 4 into 2 weeks

By Teng Z

Dec 26, 2019

Good course with well-designed assignments, I got a lot from this course!

By Matthias T

Aug 17, 2017

Great introduction to Spark accessed through Scala. Didactically awesome.

By Andreas K

Jul 26, 2017

It was a pleasure to follow the video lectures and solve the assignments.


Apr 23, 2017

Instructor has been explaining the concepts with more practical direction

By Fabio P

Jun 2, 2020

Best course so far in the Functional Programming in Scala Specialization

By Karim M

Oct 15, 2018

Amazing course, i learned a lot even if i'm working with scala and spark

By Deleted A

Jul 11, 2017

Easy to follow. Really well explained and planned. Strongly recommended.

By Ronald C M

May 13, 2019

The best way to get to know Spark Fundamentals and Spark Core libraries

By Francisco D

May 6, 2018

Accurate content and good explanations. I have got fun with this course

By Mostafa J

Jun 12, 2017

Very challenging but I learned a lot.

Thanks a lot, Dr. Heather Miller!


May 17, 2019

Very engaging and tutor showed excellent delivery. thanks to Coursera.

By Rafael M C

Jun 19, 2017

Content was useful, overall a good course. Lectures were kind of dull.

By Beibit

Jun 27, 2019

Very nice course. Good level of explanations, good examples and pace.

By rohith a k

Apr 30, 2018

It is indeed a very good course, but 2nd assignment was tough though.

By Andrew P M

Apr 8, 2020

Excellent course with great content. Really helped me in my day job!

By Kyle A

Oct 23, 2019

Very real examples for the exercises and a great way to learn Spark!

By Khaled J A

Sep 28, 2019

this is an outstanding course to learn BIg data with scala and spark

By Carlos S

Jan 23, 2018

Very good !! ... Thanks Heather Miller for such cool class !! (Y) <3