This time Mark Kerzner, the organizer, presented "Going from Hadoop to Spark" - but with a slant on basics. It worked, more than half of the audience were there for the first time, and they got an introduction into Hadoop just as into Spark.
It may have worked too well: many people present wanted to bypass Hadoop altogether and start their learning from Spark. Don't. Start with a Hadoop overview, you can get our free book here, and good Spark training contents is available at DataBricks, the company behind Spark. You might also want the introduction to "Spark Illuminated", the book we are currently writing.
The slides from the presentation can be found here.
Thank you and see you next time.
PS. The new meeting place at the Slalom office in Houston was fantastic, we plan to stay there - thanks.