Introduction to SQL Stream Builder

Cloudera Streaming Analytics offers an easy to use and interactive SQL Stream Builder as a service to create queries on streams of data through SQL.

The SQL Stream Builder (SSB) is a comprehensive interface for creating stateful stream processing jobs using SQL. By using SQL, you can simply and easily declare expressions that filter, aggregate, route, and otherwise mutate streams of data. SSB is a job management interface to compose and execute Continuous SQL on streams, as well as to create durable data APIs for the results.

SSB runs in an interactive fashion where you can quickly see the results of your query and iterate on your SQL syntax. The executed SQL queries run as jobs on the Flink cluster, operating on boundless streams of data until cancelled. This allows you to author, launch, and monitor stream processing jobs within SSB as every SQL query is a Flink job.

What is Continuous SQL?

Continuous SQL is using Structured Query Language (SQL) to create computations against unbounded streams of data, and show the results in a persistent storage. The result stored in a persistent storage can be connected to other applications to have an analytical visualization of your data. Compared to traditional SQL, in Continuous SQL the data has a start, but no end. This means that queries continuously process results to a sink or other target types. When you define your job in SQL, the SQL statement is interpreted and validated against a schema. After the statement is executed, the results that match the criteria are continuously returned.