Parquet is a kind of highly efficient columnar storage, but it is also relatively new. Avro (https://avro.apache.org) is a widely used row-based storage format. This recipe showcases how we can retain the older and flexible Avro schema in our code but still use the Parquet format during storage.
The Spark MR project (yes, the one that has the Parquet tools we saw in the previous recipe) has converters for almost all the popular data formats. These model converters take your format and convert it into Parquet format before causing it to persist.
In this recipe, we'll use the Avro data model and serialize the data in a Parquet file. The recipe involves the following steps: