Interesting Stuff - Week 20, 2020

Throughout the week, I read a lot of blog-posts, articles, and so forth, that has to do with things that interest me:

  • data science
  • data in general
  • distributed computing
  • SQL Server
  • transactions (both db as well as non db)
  • and other “stuff”

This blog-post is the “roundup” of the things that have been most interesting to me, for the week just ending.

Distributed Computing

  • Advanced Distributed Systems Design (Online Course). Udi Dahan is one of the world’s foremost experts on Service-Oriented Architecture, Distributed Systems and Domain-Driven Design. Enrol for free and learn all about distributed systems design. Usually, this course costs $2,500, but now - due to the pandemic - it is free! Udi is an excellent instructor, and as one of my colleagues said: as apposed to other so-called experts, there is none of this “tear down, and build up” bullsh%t.
  • Decomposing a Monolith Does Not Require Microservices - Sam Newman at QCon London. This is an InfoQ article based on a presentation by Sam Newman at QCon in London, where he discussed breaking down monoliths.
  • Paxos consensus for beginners. The post here tries to explain Paxos. Paxos is a consensus algorithm, and most other consensus algorithms, such as Raft, ZAB, etc., are based on Paxos. So I said that the post tries to explain Paxos, and in my mind, the author succeeds!

Streaming

WIND (What Is Niels Doing)

Still in lock-down! It is now coming up to two months, and I do not see any end in sight. The only positive is that the restrictions on online commerce have been lifted, so I managed to get me a Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT keyboard. I like it!

I wrote in one the Interesting Stuff - Week 17, 2020 post about how Microsoft has open-sourced the SQL Server 2019 Extensibility Framework, and I am working together with a couple of other MVPs and Microsoft developer on a .NET extension. Watch this space!

I am also working on the follow-up to the A Lap Around SQL Server 2019 Big Data Cluster: Background & Technology post. The upcoming post looks at the architecture. So when will it be published you may ask? I have learnt from my mistakes, so at this stage, I have no idea.

~ Finally

That’s all for this week. I hope you enjoy what I did put together. If you have ideas for what to cover, please comment on this post or ping me.


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