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From "Phadnis, Varun" <>
Subject RE: Spark and Kafka integration
Date Fri, 13 Jan 2017 07:46:04 GMT
Cool! Thanks for your inputs Jacek and Mark!

From: Mark Hamstra []
Sent: 13 January 2017 12:59
To: Phadnis, Varun <>
Subject: Re: Spark and Kafka integration

See "API compatibility" in

While code that is annotated as Experimental is still a good faith effort to provide a stable
and useful API, the fact is that we're not yet confident enough that we've got the public
API in exactly the form that we want to commit to maintaining until at least the next major
release.  That means that the API may change in the next minor/feature-level release (but
it shouldn't in a patch/bugfix-level release), which would require that your source code be
rewritten to use the new API.  In the most extreme case, we may decide that the experimental
code didn't work out the way we wanted, so it could be withdrawn entirely.  Complete withdrawal
of the Kafka code is unlikely, but it may well change in incompatible way with future releases
even before Spark 3.0.0.

On Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 5:57 AM, Phadnis, Varun <<>>

We are using  Spark 2.0 with Kafka 0.10.

As I understand, much of the API packaged in the following dependency we are targeting is
marked as “@Experimental”


What are implications of this being marked as experimental? Are they stable enough for production?


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