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HBase Succinctly: free eBook about real-time Big Data

The good people at SyncFusion have just published my first eBook, HBase Succinctly. It's an 85-page introduction to Apache HBase, the real-time database solution for Big Data, which is modelled on Google's BigTable and runs on top of Hadoop.

If you haven't seen it, the Succinctly series is a great set of eBooks, all free, all around 100 pages, which serve as a focused introduction to a topic. SyncFusion commission the books, but the content is totally independent so there's no product placement (although I do slip in the occasional plug for my Pluralsight courses).

In the book I start with the basics of running HBase and the HBase Shell, and connecting to the different HBase server options using different clients. There are more advanced chapters on how to design tables effectively in HBase, how data is physically stored, the structure of an HBase cluster, and administration.

Here's what my technical reviewer said:

HBase Succinctly is an excellent book and will be my first recommendation on HBase information.

To accompany the book there's a Docker image on the Hub, sixeyed/hbase-succinctly, which has HBase installed and configured. You can use the Docker image to get started with HBase and code along with the samples in the book, without doing anything more complicated than installing Docker and running the container.

It's all covered in the book, but the short version:

docker run -d -p 60010:60010 -p 60000:60000 -p 60020:60020 -p 60030:60030 -p 8080:8080 -p 8085:8085 -p 9090:9090 -p 9095:9095 --name hbase -h hbase sixeyed/hbase-succinctly

docker exec hbase hbase shell  

, and you're ready to start working with HBase.

All the code in the book is on GitHub in the sixeyed/hbase-succinctly repo, including:

The image tagged latest on the Docker Hub uses HBase 1.1.2, and it will stay at that version so the samples in the book will carry on working with the image. (Other versions of the image are specifically tagged, e.g. 1.1.3 for the newest HBase release, but use latest if you want to use the version the book was written against).

I really like the Succinctly format, and it's great to be involved with producing the content. If you like HBase Succinctly, stay tuned (here or @EltonStoneman on Twitter), as there will be more from me later in the year on Big Data technologies.


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Written by Elton Stoneman
Developer Advocate @docker | Microsoft MVP | Pluralsight Author