From HDI 3.5 onwards, our clusters come preinstalled with Zeppelin Notebooks. Much like Jupyter notebooks, Zeppelin is a web-based notebook that enables interactive data analytics. It provides built-in Spark intergration that allows for:
- Automatic SparkContext and SQLContext injection
- Runtime jar dependency loading from local filesystem or maven repository. Learn more about dependency loader.
- Canceling job and displaying its progress
This MSDN article provides a quick easy-to-use onboarding guide to help get acclimatized to Zeppelin. You can also try several applications that come pre-installed on your cluster to get hands on experience of Zeppelin.
Zeppelin is probably my favorite method, but there are good reasons to use all of these.