Getting Started

Samza SQL Quick Start


Samza SQL allows you to define your stream processing logic declaratively as a a SQL query. This allows you to create streaming pipelines without Java code or configuration unless you require user-defined functions (UDF).

You can run Samza SQL locally on your machine or on a YARN cluster.

Running Samza SQL on your local machine

The Samza SQL console allows you to experiment with Samza SQL locally on your machine.

Setup Kafka

Follow the instructions from the Kafka quickstart to start the zookeeper and Kafka server.

Let us create a Kafka topic named ‚ÄúProfileChangeStream‚ÄĚ for this demo.

./deploy/kafka/bin/ --create --zookeeper localhost:2181 --replication-factor 1 --partitions 1 --topic ProfileChangeStream

Download the Samza tools package from here and use the generate-kafka-events script populate the stream with sample data.

cd samza-tools-<version>
./scripts/ -t ProfileChangeStream -e ProfileChange

Using the Samza SQL Console

The simplest SQL query is to read all events from a Kafka topic ProfileChangeStream and print them to the console.

./scripts/ --sql "insert into log.consoleoutput select * from kafka.ProfileChangeStream"

Next, let us project a few fields from the input stream.

./scripts/ --sql "insert into log.consoleoutput select Name, OldCompany, NewCompany from kafka.ProfileChangeStream"

You can also filter messages in the input stream based on some predicate. In this example, we filter profiles currently working at LinkedIn, whose previous employer matches the regex .*soft. The function RegexMatch(regex, company) is an example of a UDF that defines a predicate.

./scripts/ --sql "insert into log.consoleoutput select Name as __key__, Name, NewCompany, RegexMatch('.*soft', OldCompany) from kafka.ProfileChangeStream where NewCompany = 'LinkedIn'"

Running Samza SQL on YARN

The hello-samza project has examples to get started with Samza on YARN. You can define your SQL query in a configuration file and submit it to a YARN cluster.

./deploy/samza/bin/ --config-path=$PWD/deploy/samza/config/

How to write a UDF

Right now Samza SQL support Scalar UDFs which means that each UDF should act on each record at a time and return the result corresponding to the record. In essence it exhibits the behavior of 1 output to an input. Users need to implement the following interface to create a UDF.

  * The base class for the Scalar UDFs. All the scalar UDF classes needs to extend this and implement a method named
  * "execute". The number of arguments for the execute method in the UDF class should match the number of fields
  * used while invoking this UDF in SQL statement.
  * Say for e.g. User creates a UDF class with signature int execute(int var1, String var2). It can be used in a SQL query
  *     select myudf(id, name) from profile
  * In the above query, Profile should contain fields named 'id' of INTEGER/NUMBER type and 'name' of type VARCHAR/CHARACTER
 public interface ScalarUdf {
    * Udfs can implement this method to perform any initialization that they may need.
    * @param udfConfig Config specific to the udf.
   void init(Config udfConfig);
    * Actual implementation of the udf function
    * @param args
    *   list of all arguments that the udf needs
    * @return
    *   Return value from the scalar udf.
   Object execute(Object... args);