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

  • Canopy: Scalable Distributed Tracing & Analysis @ Facebook. This post links to an InfoQ presentation about Canopy, which is Facebook’s performance and efficiency tracing infrastructure. The presentation covers lessons learned applying Canopy and present case studies of its use in solving various performance and efficiency challenges. Very interesting!
  • Designing Distributed Systems. A download link to an e-book: Designing Distributed Systems. The e-book provides repeatable, generic patterns, and reusable components to make developing reliable systems easier and more efficient. It is written by Brendan Burns who is a Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft and works on Azure.



  • How to Build a UDF and/or UDAF in KSQL 5.0. Not one week without at least one Kafka related post - that is the “law”. This post discusses a new feature in KSQL 5, the ability for the users o write their own functions for KSQL to use. Think about the possibilities that open up!

Data Science / AI

SQL Saturday

It is that time of the year again: SQL Saturday season! As usual I present in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban:

Even if you are not interested in the topics I present, please register and come and listen to a lot of interesting talks by some of the industry’s brightest people.


This year I also do precons in Cape Town and Durban on the Friday before the SQL Saturday event. My precons is a day where we talk about SQL Server Machine Learning Services, what it is and what we can do with it. It is in a format so if you want you can bring your laptop and code along as the day progresses.

The precon is not free, but hey …

Even though the titles of the precons are different, I cover the same material.

~ 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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