The special features and advantages of Apache Spark 2.0 over earlier versions are:
- In this version of Apache Spark 2.0, DataSet and DataFrame APIs are merged.
- Apache Spark 2.0 is faster than its earlier versions, with a lot more focus on Parquet and caching that will help in achieving more output.
- Apache Spark 2.0 is the first version that will be focusing on ETL, which something the previous versions were not.
This version introduced structured streaming and many such special features. If you wish to know more about Apache Spark, I would suggest you check out the Apache Spark tutorial, and if you are planning to break into this domain, then I would suggest you check out the Spark training course from Intellipaat. Also, have a look at our YouTube video on Learn Apache Spark, to help you get a better perspective.