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Exploring Twitter Data using Elasticseach & Kibana’s Canvas

After thinking a lot about what to write next, I stumbled upon a very cool idea.

And this is what I thought I should do: Discover something interesting using code 😊

Let’s find out what’s the most popular drink among tea, coffee and beer in the world?  All using code!!!

Yes, you heard it right.

How do we do this?

First and foremost, we need data!! And by data, I mean real time data because trends may change day to day. Social media is full of data, and we should thank Twitter for writing a Java HTTP client for streaming real-time Tweets using Twitter’s own Streaming API.

This client is known as Hosebird Client (hbc). Though it was written by Twitter a long time back and Twitter has deprecated some of its features but it will perfectly work for our requirement.

Also, we need to store the streaming data into some data-store and for this purpose we’ll be using Elasticsearch.

Why Elasticsearch?

The sole purpose of using Elasticsearch is to use Kibana’s Canvas to further visualise the data.

Canvas is a whole new way of making data look amazing. Canvas combines data with colours, shapes, text, and your own imagination to bring dynamic, multi-page, pixel-perfect, data displays to screens large and small.


In simple words it is an application which lets you visualise data stored in Elasticsearch in a better and customised way in real time (while data is being ingested in Elasticsearch) and is currently in beta release.

You’ll be thrilled to see the end result using Elasticsearch Canvas.

Note: For the demonstration Elasticsearch & Kibana 6.5.2 are used.


  • Make sure Elasticsearch and Kibana are installed.

Let’s get started. Cheers to the beginning 😊

Follow the steps below to implement the above concept:

1) Setting up a maven project:

1.1) Create a Maven Project (for the demonstration I am using Eclipse IDE, you can use any IDE):

1.2) Skip the archetype selection:

1.3) Add the Group Id, Artifact Id and Name, then click Finish:

2) Configuring the maven project:

2.1) Open the pom.xml and add the following dependencies:


These are the Java client libraries of Twitter and Elasticsearch.

2.2) Configuring the maven-compiler-plugin to use Java 8:


2.3) After this update the maven project:

Alternately you can also press Alt+F5 after selecting the project.

3) Create an Application class:

3.1) Go to src/main/java and create a new class:

3.2) Add the Package and Name of the class then click Finish:

4) Configure the Twitter Java Client:

4.1) Create a static method createTwitterClient in Application class and add the following lines of code:

public static Client createTwitterClient(BlockingQueue<String> msgQueue, List<String> terms) {
	Hosts hosebirdHosts = new HttpHosts(Constants.STREAM_HOST);
	StatusesFilterEndpoint hosebirdEndpoint = new StatusesFilterEndpoint();
	hosebirdEndpoint.trackTerms(terms); // tweets with the specified terms
	Authentication hosebirdAuth = new OAuth1(consumerKey, consumerSecret, token, secret);
	ClientBuilder builder = new ClientBuilder().name("Twitter-Elastic-Client").hosts(hosebirdHosts)
				.processor(new StringDelimitedProcessor(msgQueue));
	Client hosebirdClient = builder.build();
	return hosebirdClient;

Notice, that this method expects two arguments: one is the BlockingQueue which is used as a message queue for the tweets and another is the List of terms we want our tweets to be filtered with (in our case “tea”, “coffee” & “beer”). So we are configuring our client to return real time filtered tweets (tweets with terms “tea”, “coffee” or “beer”).

Notice the line of code shown below:

Authentication hosebirdAuth = new OAuth1(consumerKey, consumerSecret, token, secret);

Twitter Java Client uses OAuth to provide authorised access to the Streaming API, which requires you to have the consumer/access keys and tokens.
So to stream Twitter data you must have the consumer/access keys and tokens.

4.2) Getting Twitter Consumer API/Access token keys:

Follow the link Getting Twitter Consumer API/Access token keys to obtain the keys and tokens.

After getting the Consumer API key, Consumer API secret key, Access token and Access token secret,add them as Strings in the Application class:

private final static String consumerKey = "xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx";
private final static String consumerSecret = "xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx";
private final static String token = "xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx";
private final static String secret = "xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx";

It is not advisable to put this info in the program itself and should be read from a config file but for brevity I am putting these values in Application class as static final Strings.

5) Configure the Elasticsearch Transport Client:

5.1) Create a static method createElasticTransportClient  in Application class and add the following lines of code:

public static TransportClient createElasticTransportClient() throws UnknownHostException {
	TransportClient client = new PreBuiltTransportClient(Settings.EMPTY)
			.addTransportAddress(new TransportAddress(InetAddress.getByName("localhost"), 9300));
	return client;

The above method returns a Transport Client which talks to locally running Elasticsearch on port 9300.

If your Elasticsearch is running on some other port or host then you may need to change the values of “localhost” to your “host” and “9300” to your “port”, if your Elasticsearch cluster name is different that “elasticsearch”, then you need to create the client like this:

TransportClient client = new PreBuiltTransportClient(Settings.builder().put("cluster.name", "myClusterName").build())
				.addTransportAddress(new TransportAddress(InetAddress.getByName("localhost"), 9300));

6) Streaming data from twitter:

Once the client establishes a connection:

// establish a connection

The blocking queue will now start being filled with messages. However we would like to read only first 1000 messages from the queue:

int count = 0;
while (!client.isDone() && count != 1000) {
  String msg = msgQueue.take(); // reading a tweet
  // Segregating the tweet and writing result to elasticsearch

7) Segregating tweets based on terms and then indexing the segregated result to Elasticsearch:

For brevity I am streaming first 1000 tweets (containing terms “tea”, “coffee” & “beer”), segregating them one by one and indexing the results in Elasticsearch.

Example: Let’s say if a tweet contains the term “ tea ” then I will index the following document into Elasticsearch:

{ “tweet” : “tea” }

One thing I would like to clear: Let’s say if a tweet has tea and coffee both then I will consider only the first term. However, if you want to consider both the terms then hack into my repo stated at the end of this article.

This is how the complete Application class looks like:

package com.technocratsid.elastic;

import static org.elasticsearch.common.xcontent.XContentFactory.jsonBuilder;

import java.io.IOException;
import java.net.InetAddress;
import java.net.UnknownHostException;
import java.util.List;
import java.util.concurrent.BlockingQueue;
import java.util.concurrent.LinkedBlockingQueue;
import java.util.logging.Level;
import java.util.logging.Logger;

import org.elasticsearch.client.transport.TransportClient;
import org.elasticsearch.common.settings.Settings;
import org.elasticsearch.common.transport.TransportAddress;
import org.elasticsearch.transport.client.PreBuiltTransportClient;

import com.google.common.collect.Lists;
import com.twitter.hbc.ClientBuilder;
import com.twitter.hbc.core.Client;
import com.twitter.hbc.core.Constants;
import com.twitter.hbc.core.Hosts;
import com.twitter.hbc.core.HttpHosts;
import com.twitter.hbc.core.endpoint.StatusesFilterEndpoint;
import com.twitter.hbc.core.processor.StringDelimitedProcessor;
import com.twitter.hbc.httpclient.auth.Authentication;
import com.twitter.hbc.httpclient.auth.OAuth1;

public class Application {

	private final static String consumerKey = "xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx";
	private final static String consumerSecret = "xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx";
	private final static String token = "xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx";
	private final static String secret = "xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx";
	private static Logger logger = Logger.getLogger(Application.class.getName());

	public static void main(String[] args) {
		BlockingQueue<String> msgQueue = new LinkedBlockingQueue<String>(1000);
		List<String> terms = Lists.newArrayList("tea", "coffee", "beer");

		// Elasticsearch Transport Client
		TransportClient elasticClient = createElasticTransportClient();

		// Twitter HoseBird Client
		Client client = createTwitterClient(msgQueue, terms);

		String msg = null;
		int count = 0;

		// Streaming 1000 tweets
		while (!client.isDone() &amp;&amp; count != 1000) {
			try {
				msg = msgQueue.take();
				logger.log(Level.INFO, msg);

				// Segregating the tweets
				if (msg.contains(" tea ")) {
					insertIntoElastic(elasticClient, "tea");
				} else if (msg.contains(" coffee ")) {
					insertIntoElastic(elasticClient, "coffee");
				} else {
					insertIntoElastic(elasticClient, "beer");
			} catch (InterruptedException ex) {
				logger.log(Level.SEVERE, ex.getMessage());
		// Closing the clients 

	public static Client createTwitterClient(BlockingQueue<String> msgQueue, List<String> terms) {
		Hosts hosebirdHosts = new HttpHosts(Constants.STREAM_HOST);
		StatusesFilterEndpoint hosebirdEndpoint = new StatusesFilterEndpoint();
		hosebirdEndpoint.trackTerms(terms); // tweets with the specified terms
		Authentication hosebirdAuth = new OAuth1(consumerKey, consumerSecret, token, secret);
		ClientBuilder builder = new ClientBuilder().name("Twitter-Elastic-Client").hosts(hosebirdHosts)
				.processor(new StringDelimitedProcessor(msgQueue));
		Client hosebirdClient = builder.build();
		return hosebirdClient;

	public static TransportClient createElasticTransportClient() {
		TransportClient client = null;
		try {
			client = new PreBuiltTransportClient(Settings.EMPTY)
					.addTransportAddress(new TransportAddress(InetAddress.getByName("localhost"), 9300));
		} catch (UnknownHostException ex) {
			logger.log(Level.SEVERE, ex.getMessage());
		return client;

	public static void insertIntoElastic(TransportClient client, String tweet) {
		try {
			client.prepareIndex("drink-popularity", "_doc")
					.setSource(jsonBuilder().startObject().field("tweet", tweet).endObject()).get();
		} catch (IOException e) {


8) Configuring Canvas in Kibana:

Make sure your Kibana server is running. Mine is running locally at http://localhost:5601.

8.1) Go to http://localhost:5601.

8.2) Go to Dev Tools and perform the following requests:

PUT drink-popularity

The above PUT request creates an index drink-popularity.

PUT drink-popularity/_mapping/_doc
  "properties": {
    "tweet" : {
      "type" : "keyword"

The above request adds a new field tweet to the _doc mapping type.

8.3) Go to Canvas:

8.4) I have already created a Canvas workpad. You just need to download it from here and import it in your own Canvas by clicking on Import workpad JSON file and then selecting the downloaded JSON file.

8.5) Once you have imported the workpad, open it by clicking on Drink Popularity workpad from Canvas workpads list.

This is what you should see:

Now click on No of tweets metric:

On the side panel of Selected Layer click on Data:

Notice the Elasticsearch SQL query used to fetch total no of tweets. Looks familiar right?

The above Elasticsearch SQL counts the total number of documents in drink-popularity index.

Do the same for one of the Horizontal progress bars:

Notice the Data panel:

So the above query is counting the no of tweets where tweet = ‘tea’ and dividing it by total no of tweets i.e. 1000.

Same thing has been done for other two progress bars.

9) Run the program to see live results in Canvas:

Before running the program the initial Canvas looks like this:

Now run the Application class and enable the auto-refresh in Canvas to see live updates and notice the Canvas.

After sometime:

In the end:

Cheers !!! Beer is the winner 🙂 You can also check the results for a specific location by filtering the tweets based on location.

I hope you guys like the concept.

Feel free to hack into the github repo.

Spring Boot + Apache Spark

This post will guide you to create a simple web application using Spring Boot and Apache Spark.

For the demonstration we are going to build a maven project with Spring Boot 2.1.2 using the Spring Initializr web-based interface.

Cheers to the beginning 🙂

Please follow the steps below to create the classic Apache Spark’s WordCount example with Spring Boot :

1) Creating the Web Application template:

We’ll be using Spring Initializr to create the web application project structure.

Spring Initializr is a web application used to generate a Spring Boot project structure either in Maven or Gradle project specification.

Spring Initializr can be used in several ways, including:

  1. A web-based interface
  2. Using Spring Tool Suite
  3. Using the Spring Boot CLI

For brevity we’ll be using the Spring initializr web interface.

  1. Go to https://start.spring.io/.

Note: By default, the project type is Maven Project and if you wish to select Gradle then just click on the Maven Project drop down and select Gradle Project.

2. Enter Group and Artifact details:

3. Type Web in Search for dependencies and select the Web option.

4. Now click on Generate Project:

This will generate and download the spring-spark-word-count.zip file which is your maven project structure.

5. Unzip the file and then import it in your favourite IDE.

After you’ve imported the project in your IDE (in my case Eclipse) the project structure looks as follows:

The package names are automatically generated with the combination of group and artifact details.

Moving forward I’ve changed the package names from com.technocratsid.spring.spark.springsparkwordcount to com.technocratsid for brevity.

You can even do this while generating the project using Spring Initializr web interface. You just have to switch to full version and there you’ll find the option to change the package name.

2) Adding the required dependencies in pom.xml:

Add the following dependencies in your project’s pom.xml


Note: You might be thinking why we need to add the paranamer dependency as spark core dependency already has it? This is because JDK8 is compatible with paranamer version 2.8 or above and spark 2.4.0 uses paranamer version 2.7. So, if you won’t add the 2.8 version, you’ll get an error like this:

Request processing failed; nested exception is java.lang.ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException: 10582

After this your complete pom.xml should look as follows:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<project xmlns="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0"
	xsi:schemaLocation="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0 http://maven.apache.org/xsd/maven-4.0.0.xsd">
		<relativePath /> <!-- lookup parent from repository -->
	<name>Spring Spark Word Count</name>
	<description>Demo project for Spring Boot</description>





3) Adding the Spark Config:

Create a class SparkConfig.java in package com.technocratsid.config.

Add the following content to SparkConfig.java:

public class SparkConfig {

	private String appName;
	private String masterUri;

	public SparkConf conf() {
		return new SparkConf().setAppName(appName).setMaster(masterUri);

	public JavaSparkContext sc() {
		return new JavaSparkContext(conf());


Import the packages.

Note: Here we are declaring the JavaSparkContext and SparkConf as beans (using @Bean annotation) this tell the spring container to manage them for us.

@Configuration is used to tell Spring that this is a Java-based configuration file and contains the bean definitions.

@Value annotation is used to inject value from a properties file based on the the property name.

The application.properties file for properties spark.app.name and spark.master is inside src/main/resources and looks like this:

spark.app.name=Spring Spark Word Count Application

local[2] indicates to run spark locally with 2 worker threads.

If you wish to run the application with your remote spark cluster then edit spark.master pointing to your remote cluster.

4) Creating a service for Word Count:

Create a class WordCountService.java in package com.technocratsid.service and add the following content:

public class WordCountService {

	JavaSparkContext sc;

	public Map<String, Long> getCount(List<String> wordList) {
		JavaRDD<String> words = sc.parallelize(wordList);
		Map<String, Long> wordCounts = words.countByValue();
		return wordCounts;


Import the packages.

Note: This class holds our business logic which is converting the list of words into a JavaRDD and then counting them by value by calling countByValue() and returning the results.

@Service tells Spring that this file performs a business service.

@Autowired tells Spring to automatically wire or inject the value of variable from the beans which are managed by the the spring container.

5) Register a REST Controller with an endpoint:

Create a class WordCountController.java in package com.technocratsid.controller and add the following content:

public class WordCountController {

	WordCountService service;

	@RequestMapping(method = RequestMethod.POST, path = "/wordcount")
	public Map<String, Long> count(@RequestParam(required = true) String words) {
		List<String> wordList = Arrays.asList(words.split("\\|"));
		return service.getCount(wordList);

Import the packages.

Note: This class registers an endpoint /wordcount for a POST request with a mandatory query parameter words which is basically a string like (“abc|pqr|xyz”) and we are splitting the words on pipes (|) to generate a list of words and then using our business service’s count() method with the list of words to get the word count.

6) Run the application:

Either run the SpringSparkWordCountApplication class as a Java Application from your IDE or use the following command:

mvn spring-boot:run

7) Test your application from a REST client:

For this demo I am using Insomnia REST Client which is quite handy with simple interface. You can use any REST client you want like Postman and Paw etc.

Once your application is up and running perform a POST request to the URL http://localhost:8080/wordcount with query parameter words=”Siddhant|Agnihotry|Technocrat|Siddhant|Sid”.

The response you’ll get:

You’ve just created your first Spring Boot Application and integrated Apache Spark with it.

If you want to hack into the code check out the github link.

What is Type Safety ?


Type safety is prevention of typed errors in a programming language.

type error occurs when someone attempts to perform an operation on a value that doesn’t support that operation.

In simple words, type safety makes sure that an operation o which is meant to be performed on a data type x cannot be performed on data type y which does not support operation o.

That is, the language will not allow you to to execute o(y).


Let’s consider JavaScript which is not type safe:

<!DOCTYPE html>
var number = 10; // numeric value
var string = "10"; // string value
var sum = number + string; // numeric + string



The output is the concatenation of number and string.

Important point to note here is that JavaScript is allowing you to perform an arithmetic operation between an int and string.

As JavaScript is not type safe, you can add a numeric and string without restriction. This can lead to typed errors in type safe programming languages.

Let’s consider java which is type safe:

You can clearly observe that in java the compiler validates the types while compiling and throwing a compile time exception:

Type mismatch: cannot convert from String to int


As java is type safe, you cannot perform an arithmetic operation between an int and string.

Take away

Type-safe code won’t allow any invalid operation on an object and the operation’s validity depends on the type of the object.

Example of Java 8 Streams groupingBy feature

Statement: Let’s say you have a list of integers which you want to group into even and odd numbers.

Create a list of integers with four values 1,2,3 and 4:

List<Integer> numbers = new ArrayList<>();

Now group the list into odd and even numbers:

Map<String, List<Integer>> numberGroups= 
numbers.stream().collect(Collectors.groupingBy(i -> i%2 != 0 ? "ODD" : "EVEN"));

This returns a map of (“ODD/EVEN” -> numbers).

Printing the segregated list along with its offset (ODD/EVEN):

for (String offset : numberGroups.keySet()) {
  for (Integer i : numberGroups.get(offset)) {
    System.out.println(offset +":"+i);



Refer Github for complete program.

Reflections in java

Reflection is a powerful feature of Java which provides the ability to inspect & modify the code at run time (manipulate internal properties of the program).

For example: It’s possible for a Java class to obtain the names of all its members and display them. Even we can also use reflection to instantiate an object, invoke it’s methods and change field values.


How it is done?

For every object JVM creates an immutable Class object which is used by reflection to get the run time properties of that object and once it has access we can change the properties. Reflection is not something which is used in daily programming tasks as it has some cons as well, one being a security threat, as using reflection we can get access to the private variables of a class and then can change it’s value.


How do we get access to the class object?



After having the access we can get the methods, variables and constructors etc.


Stop the world phase

Garbage Collection literally stops the world.

When a GC occurs in young generation space, it is completed quickly as the young generation space is small.

Young generation space is the space where newly instantiated objects are stored. Internally, this space has two survivor spaces which are used when GC occurs and the objects which still have references are shifted to a survivor space. If an object survives many cycles of GC, it is shifted to old generation space.

Problem is when GC occurs in Old generation space which contains long lived objects. This space uses a lot more memory than the young generation and when GC occurs in old generation, it literally halts all the requests made to that JVM process.

So, the world literally stops !!

Why Java 8 ?

In simple words java 8 allows us to write code more precisely and concisely, which is better than writing verbose code in the java versions prior to java 8.

Example: Let’s sort a collection of cars based on their speed.

Java versions prior to java 8 :

Collections.sort(fleet, new Comparator() {
  public int compare (Car c1, Car c2) { 
  return c1.getSpeed().compareTo(c2.getSpeed());

Instead of writing a verbose code like above, using java 8 we can write the same code as:

Java 8 :


The above code is more concise and could be read as “sort fleet comparing Car’s speed”.

So why write a boilerplate code which is not related to the problem statement. Instead you can write concise code which is related to the problem statement and has SQL like readability.