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Learn how to create objects, test and modify their class and instance variables, call an object’s methods, and convert objects from one class to another.

Cay S. Horstmann

This chapter shows you several advanced techniques that are commonly used in Java. Despite their less obvious nature, you will need to master them to complete your Java tool chest.

Stephen B. Morris

Looking to get started with a simple dependency-management tool? The combination of Ant and Ivy is a solid proposition in this space, and this toolset may save you more than just time. Stephen B. Morris provides some clues.

This chapter from Big Data Analytics with Microsoft HDInsight in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself introduces Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), one of the core components of Hadoop for storing data in a distributed manner in the Hadoop cluster. It covers architecture and how data gets stored, the processes of reading from HDFS and writing data to HDFS, and internal behavior to ensure fault tolerance. It also covers HDFS 2.0, which comes as a part of Hadoop 2.0.

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