Java API to MapReduce

The Java API to MapReduce is exposed by the org.apache.hadoop.mapreduce package. Writing a MapReduce program, at its core, is a matter of subclassing Hadoop-provided Mapper and Reducer base classes, and overriding the map() and reduce() methods with our own implementation.

The Mapper class

For our own Mapper implementations, we will subclass the Mapper base class and override the map() method, as follows:

   class Mapper<K1, V1, K2, V2>
   {
         void map(K1 key, V1 value Mapper.Context context)
               throws IOException, InterruptedException
         ...
   }

The class is defined in terms of the key/value input and output types, and then the map method takes an input key/value pair as its parameter. The other parameter is an instance of the Context class ...

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