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Brighton Web Dev Meetup: Introduction to Apache Spark with Akmal Chaudhri

Thu 29 Jul 2021
19:00 - 20:30
Online Event

About the event

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Introduction to Apache Spark - Akmal Chaudhri


This hands-on workshop covers the fundamentals of Apache Spark, the most popular big data processing engine. In this workshop, you will learn how to ingest data with Spark, analyse the Spark UI, and gain a better understanding of distributed computing. We will be using COVID-19 data released by the New York Times. No prior knowledge of Spark is required, but Python experience is highly recommended.

Who should attend: Anyone is welcome to join. Some prior Python experience is recommended.

What you will need: Bring your own computer and create a free Databricks Community Edition (CE) account. CE can be created from

Please ensure that you select the free CE and not the Databricks trial edition.

About our Speaker:

Akmal Chaudhri helps to build global developer communities and raise awareness of technology through presentations and technical writing. He has over 25 years of experience in IT and has previously held roles as a developer, consultant, product strategist, evangelist, technical writer and technical trainer with several Blue Chip companies and Big Data startups. He has regularly presented at many international conferences and served on the program committees for a number of major conferences and workshops. He has published widely and edited or co-edited 10 books. He holds a BSc (1st Class Hons.) in Computing and Information Systems, MSc in Business Systems Analysis and Design and a PhD in Computer Science. He is a Member of the British Computer Society (MBCS) and a Chartered IT Professional (CITP).

About the hosts

If you build for the web, whether just for a hobby or professionally, then this meetup is designed for you. We don't have a specific agenda, but we organize monthly events where we chat about all things web. We have interesting speakers presenting on a diverse set of topics from New Web technologies, Web Development Frameworks, DevOps tools, Testing processes and everything tech in between. If you are interested in Web technologies and you want to get involved, then we would be very happy for you to join in as well! I hope to see you at a future event.