Jun 08, 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 29, 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.
By Saiteja t•
Aug 01, 2018
By manuel B L•
Jul 22, 2018
Muy bueno, Excelente. Todos los conocimientos obtenidos me serán de mucha ayuda en mi camino hacia el mundo de Big Data
By Cliff R•
Jul 22, 2018
Gives a good grounding in the fundamentals of Spark
By Carlos S•
Jan 23, 2018
Very good !! ... Thanks Heather Miller for such cool class !! (Y) <3
By AJ C•
Apr 09, 2017
This course is a nice guided way to get started with Apache Spark! I wish I took this course earlier when i was using Spark at my previous company. It would've come in handy. Plenty of great content and the course exercises supply good practice.
By Gary Z•
Apr 10, 2017
Best Spark Scala course! Clear explanation! Thanks Dr. Heather
By Max Z•
Mar 04, 2018
Excellent. I learned a lot from this course, even though I did not know much about scala. Strongly recommended this course
By Henoc M•
Mar 26, 2017
By Pavel T•
Apr 06, 2017
Very interesting course. Heather presents at just right level of abstraction to my taste and her presentation is very lively so it is easy to stay focused.
Formally, this is a course on a particular set of software tools and many such courses are not very useful unless one is to start applying learned skills immdeiately because the material starts getting obsolete the day the course is passed.
I believe that this course, however, teaches important priniples that outlive the particular toolkit, in particular the art of reasoning about algorithms on distributed collections, in particular, their performance. One would expect this to be a complex subject but somehow this course makes it feel simple -- which is a good indicator of high quality.
By Shashishekhar D•
Jan 06, 2018
Simple, Easy to understand. The course has helped me a lot to understand the concepts.
By Zhu L•
Aug 11, 2017
An introductory course to spark programming, lectures are well-balanced between theory and boier-plate codes, but programming assignments are mainly about teaching you the APIs. The problem-solving part is basically trivial, whereas most of the time were spent on searching for API documents and correcting compiler errors and runtime exceptions.
By Martin A•
May 03, 2017
Great course, good intro into Spark.
By Mykola S•
Jun 30, 2017
Great course with nice explanations of some Spark concepts. The third week was particularly useful for my understanding of Spark shuffling and partitioning. Thanks a lot!
By Adel F•
Jan 08, 2018
Course is solid, useful concepts are thought. Assignments are interesting.
Points for improvement:
I wish this course was 2-3 courses focusing on topic with more assignments. If a concept is reviewed by the student is not challenged with tough questions the concept is not learned. People taking this course are already advanced enough to tackle difficult challenges, sometimes it appears that instructor assumes that students are entry level.
A note for online instructors: avoid jokes. They do not work online.
I think a specialization on applications of spark with scala covering AI, graph and text processing would be interesting. Overall thanks for the effort; pretty good.
By Dinesh A G•
Apr 02, 2017
good course on spark.
By Piotr A•
Mar 16, 2017
Great course. Very informative. I have learned a lot. Lessons are very well prepared and structured. Implementation tasks are interesting. Thanks to all EPFL team. Great job!
By Denis A Z Q•
Aug 27, 2017
Course with excellent content, methodology and teacher. It was an extraordinary learning experience
By Dario G•
Sep 08, 2017
Lovely presentation of Apache Spark fundamentals using Scala. I believe that this course gives you enough background to do just about anything you want (as long as you have some familiar with Scala and SQL, and are willing to dig deeper).
By Apostolos N P•
Mar 15, 2017
I really enjoyed this course! First of all I would like to congratulate the people behind this effort. The videos are clear, to the point and they contain very useful information and tips that are very difficult to get from a book. I hope that you will continue with a second course on Spark and Scala with more advanced topics. Thank you very much.
By Jijo T•
Apr 13, 2017
It was well worth the wait! The instructor was good. Assignments were challenging as well as hands on!
By Alberto C B•
Jun 30, 2018
Great introductory course on Spark with Scala. Touched many important things
Jun 15, 2017
Nice introduction into Spark with details about how Spark works internally. This course also talks about when to use RDD/Dataframe/Dataset and performance pitfalls.
By Prachi C•
Sep 14, 2017
An excellent explanation of basic concepts of Spark using Scala. We covered the most important topics and ready to deep dive!
By Evaldas M•
Apr 08, 2017
great course, finally understand what spark is all about!
By Vishwanath G•
Mar 17, 2018
Learnt a lot with this course. Excellent explinations of concepts..