Case class is scale way to allow pattern matching on an object without requiring a large amount of boilerplate. All you need to do is add a single case keyword modifier to each class that you want to pattern matching using such modifier makes scala compiler add some syntactic conveniences to your class and compiler add companion object(with the apply method)
Adds factory method with the name of the class this means that for instance, you can write StringValue(“X”) to construct a StringValue object instead of using new StringValue(“X”)
Given how useful case classes are in Spark, it’s good to know how they operate. For more background on the topic, Alessandro Lacava has a post from a few years back describing the topic well.