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Author: Ismaël Mejía <>
AuthorDate: Mon Feb 19 11:00:11 2018 +0100

    Add blog post for the release of Beam 2.3.0
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     name: Frances Perry
     twitter: francesjperry
+    name: Ismaël Mejía
+    email:
+    twitter: iemejia
     name: James Malone
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+layout: post
+title:  "Apache Beam 2.3.0"
+date:   2018-02-19 00:00:01 -0800
+excerpt_separator: <!--more-->
+categories: blog
+  - iemejia
+We are glad to present the new 2.3.0 release of Beam. This release includes
+multiple fixes and new functionalities. <!--more--> For more information
+please check the detailed release notes.
+# New Features / Improvements
+## Beam moves to Java 8
+The supported version of Java for Beam is now Java 8. The code and examples 
+been refactored to use multiple of the advantages of the language, e.g. 
+streams, improved type inference, etc.
+## Spark runner is now based on Spark 2.x
+Spark runner moves forward into the Spark 2.x development line, this would 
+to benefit of improved performance, as well as open the runner for future
+compatibility with the Structured Streaming APIs. Notice that support for Spark
+1.x is finished with this release.
+## Amazon Web Services S3 Filesystem support
+Beam already supported AWS S3 via HadoopFileSystem, but this version brings a
+native implementation with the corresponding performance advantages of the S3
+## General-purpose writing to files
+This release contains a new transform, FileIO.write() / writeDynamic() that
+implements a general-purpose fluent and Java8-friendly API for writing to files
+using a FileIO.Sink. This API has similar capabilities to DynamicDestinations
+APIs from Beam 2.2 but is much easier to use and extend. The 
+APIs for writing to files are deprecated by it, as is FileBasedSink.
+## Splittable DoFn support on the Python SDK
+This release adds the Splittable DoFn API for Python SDK and adds Splittable
+DoFn support for Python streaming DirectRunner.
+## Portability
+Progress continues to being able to execute Python on runners other then Google
+Cloud Dataflow and the Go SDK on any runner.
+# Miscellaneous Fixes
+## SDKs
+* MapElements and FlatMapElements support using side inputs using the new
+  interface Contextful.Fn. For library authors, this interface is the
+  recommended choice for user-code callbacks that may use side inputs.
+* Introduces the family of Reify transforms for converting between explicit and
+  implicit representations of various Beam entities.
+* Introduces two transforms for approximate sketching of data: Count-Min Sketch
+  (approximate element frequency estimation) and HyperLogLog (approximate
+  cardinality estimation).
+## Runners
+* Staging files on Dataflow shows progress
+* Flink runner is based now on Flink version 1.4.0
+## IOs
+* BigtableIO now supports ValueProvider configuration
+* BigQueryIO supports writing bounded collections to tables with partition
+  decorators
+* KafkaIO moves to version 1.0 (it is still backwards compatible with versions 
>= 0.9.x.x)
+* Added IO source for VCF files (Python)
+* Added support for backoff on deadlocks in JdbcIO.write() and connection
+  improvement
+* Improved performance of
+* Many improvements to TikaIO
+# List of Contributors
+According to git shortlog, the following 80 people contributed to the 2.3.0 
release. Thank you to all contributors!
+Ahmet Altay, Alan Myrvold, Alex Amato, Alexey Romanenko, Ankur Goenka, Anton 
Kedin, Arnaud Fournier, Alexey Romanenko, Asha Rostamianfar, Ben Chambers, Ben 
Sidhom, Bill Neubauer, Brian Foo, cclauss, Chamikara Jayalath, Charles Chen, 
Colm O hEigeartaigh, Daniel Oliveira, Dariusz Aniszewski, David Cavazos, David 
Sabater, David Sabater Dinter, Dawid Wysakowicz, Dmytro Ivanov, Etienne 
Chauchot, Eugene Kirpichov, Exprosed, Grzegorz Kołakowski, Henning Rohde, 
Holden Karau, Huygaa Batsaikhan, I [...]

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