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How to work with Email Data in Apache Spark using SQL

Access and process Email Data in Apache Spark using the CData JDBC Driver.

Apache Spark is a fast and general engine for large-scale data processing. When paired with the CData JDBC Driver for Email, Spark can work with live Email data. This article describes how to connect to and query Email data from a Spark shell.

The CData JDBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live Email data due to optimized data processing built into the driver. When you issue complex SQL queries to Email, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to Email and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations (often SQL functions and JOIN operations) client-side. With built-in dynamic metadata querying, you can work with and analyze Email data using native data types.

Install the CData JDBC Driver for Email

Download the CData JDBC Driver for Email installer, unzip the package, and run the JAR file to install the driver.

Start a Spark Shell and Connect to Email Data

  1. Open a terminal and start the Spark shell with the CData JDBC Driver for Email JAR file as the jars parameter: $ spark-shell --jars /CData/CData JDBC Driver for Email/lib/
  2. With the shell running, you can connect to Email with a JDBC URL and use the SQL Context load() function to read a table.

    The User and Password properties, under the Authentication section, must be set to valid credentials. The Server must be specified to retrieve emails and the SMTPServer must be specified to send emails.

    Built-in Connection String Designer

    For assistance in constructing the JDBC URL, use the connection string designer built into the Email JDBC Driver. Either double-click the JAR file or execute the jar file from the command-line.

    java -jar

    Fill in the connection properties and copy the connection string to the clipboard.

    Configure the connection to Email, using the connection string generated above.

    scala> val email_df ="jdbc").option("url", ";Password=password;;Port=993;SMTP;SMTP Port=465;SSL Mode=EXPLICIT;Protocol=IMAP;Mailbox=Inbox;").option("dbtable","Mailboxes").option("driver","").load()
  3. Once you connect and the data is loaded you will see the table schema displayed.
  4. Register the Email data as a temporary table:

    scala> email_df.registerTable("mailboxes")
  5. Perform custom SQL queries against the Data using commands like the one below:

    scala> email_df.sqlContext.sql("SELECT Mailbox, RecentMessagesCount FROM Mailboxes WHERE Mailbox = Spam").collect.foreach(println)

    You will see the results displayed in the console, similar to the following:

Using the CData JDBC Driver for Email in Apache Spark, you are able to perform fast and complex analytics on Email data, combining the power and utility of Spark with your data. Download a free, 30 day trial of any of the 200+ CData JDBC Drivers and get started today.