Book of the Week #11 – Hadoop:The Definitive Guide


I have to be honest and tell you that I gave up on this book. I’m not working with Hadoop in college yet or in work, so it’s been hard to get invested in learning the technology without having something to apply it to. Also, there was plenty going on in college and in work this week that I needed to apply myself to, so I decided to set aside my “book of the week” goal for this week.

This Week’s Book Title [Week 40] : Hadoop : The Definitive Guide

by Tom White



e-Book (via the Safari Queue app on iPad), 235 pages.

I still don’t like reading e-books. It’s hard to judge how far you have to go to the end of the chapter, the end of the section, or to jump back to a related bit you remember from earlier in the book and then get right back to the point you were at.

I do like how you can search for a particular term and see all instances of it. Then again, that’s what the index of the book is for.

I found the Safari Queue app better than iBooks anyway, so maybe I just need more practice to get used to this format or to find the right eReader app.


For a technical book, the book was surprisingly readable. The author did a general introduction to Hadoop first and then dedicated chapters to each part of the technology involved in the Hadoop ecosystem, along with the code to execute it.

I only read the first few chapters, but I feel like the book gave be a good grasp of the basics and I could see that it would be useful if I needed a deep-dive into any particular part of Hadoop e.g. YARN.


I’m never having a technical book as my book of the week again. Not because this book wasn’t good, but because…

  1. Most tech books aren’t a read-through-them-sequentially type book. You usually jump to the part you’re particularly interested in/need help with.
  2. Most tech books are so long and detailed that you couldn’t possibly read them in a week unless you dedicated hours to it every day.
  3. It’s not that I’m banning tech books from my reading list…it’s just that I’ll dip in & out of them as needed.


Next week’s book

In case you want to read along with me, here’s what I’m planning to read during the upcoming week: The Miracle Morning (Personal Development) finally came through from the Library last week.

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