Spark 101 for Scala Users

A quick hands-on intro into Spark for Scala users.

I’ll format this into a more detailed presentation later (so feel free to check back and bug me if I’m not getting around to it) but here are some immediate things you may be interested in if you saw my Austin Scala Enthusiasts Meetup presentation…

Here’s a link to the PDF of the slides I talked to.

Running Zeppelin via a Docker container

docker run --name zeppelin -p 8080:8080 -p 4040:4040 -v $HOME/spark/data:/data -v $HOME/spark/logs:/logs -v $HOME/spark/notebook:/notebook -e ZEPPELIN_NOTEBOOK_DIR='/notebook' -e ZEPPELIN_LOG_DIR='/logs' -e ZEPPELIN_INT_JAVA_OPTS="-Dspark.driver.memory=4G" -e ZEPPELIN_INTP_MEM="-Xmx4g" -d apache/zeppelin:0.9.0 /zeppelin/bin/

Running Spark via a Docker container

docker run --name spark -v $HOME/spark/data:/data -p 4040:4040 -it mesosphere/spark bin/spark-shell

For a basic Spark SBT project


import Dependencies._

ThisBuild / scalaVersion     := "2.12.11"
ThisBuild / version          := "0.1.0-SNAPSHOT"
ThisBuild / organization     := "com.example"
ThisBuild / organizationName := "Meetup Spark Example"
ThisBuild / scalacOptions ++= Seq("-language:higherKinds")

lazy val root = (project in file("."))
    name := "SparkCatScratch",
    libraryDependencies ++= Seq( scalaTest % Test, sparkCore, sparkSQL, catsCore, catsFree, catsMTL)

initialCommands in console :=
    |import cats._,, cats.implicits._, org.apache.spark.sql.SparkSession
    |val spark = SparkSession.builder().master("local").getOrCreate

cleanupCommands in console := "spark.close"


import sbt._

object Dependencies {

  val sparkVersion = "2.4.5"
  val catsVersion = "2.0.0"

  lazy val scalaTest = "org.scalatest" %% "scalatest" % "3.0.8"
  lazy val sparkCore = "org.apache.spark" %% "spark-core" % sparkVersion
  lazy val sparkSQL = "org.apache.spark" %% "spark-sql" % sparkVersion
  lazy val catsCore = "org.typelevel" %% "cats-core" % catsVersion
  lazy val catsFree = "org.typelevel" %% "cats-free" % catsVersion
  lazy val catsMTL = "org.typelevel" %% "cats-mtl-core" % "0.7.0"

Starting Spark in the SBT console:

import org.apache.spark.sql.SparkSession

val spark = SparkSession.builder().master(?local").getOrCreate
val sc = spark.SparkContext

Author: Murray Todd Williams

I'm a computer professional residing in New York City. I currently work for Accenture Interactive. I've been programming computers since 1978 when I was eight years old, which means I've been doing this stuff for almost 35 years. (I'm rounding up.) I'm also a member of the Screen Actors Guild and a liberal.