Coursera Review: Hadoop Platform and Application Framework
This is the second course in the Big Data Specialization. It was a general overview of Hadoop.
3/5 – Still pretty basic Hadoop
This was a standard introduction to Hadoop. While the information is nice, I really wish there had been some more hands-on learning. There was a lot of time in the videos spent on different commands, but the exercises only focused on a few. Also if you don’t know Python, the Spark section would probably be annoying. This course is nice, but I don’t think it was worth $79.00 (the price at the time of writing this post). I probably could have bought a book on Hadoop, set up the VM, and learned more for cheaper. There were some minor issues with the videos and sound/pronunciation too. Since the videos were only a few minutes long, when they’re not double checked and fixed it makes the instructors look lazy. One bonus for Coursera is the other classmates. There were times when I had trouble and looking at the discussions really helped me. That is something you can’t get anywhere else easily.