Interesting Stuff - Week 13, 2020

Posted by nielsb on Sunday, March 29, 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.




  • ksqlDB: The Missing Link Between Real-Time Data and Big Data Streaming. When processing data, the question is, what is more efficient: event streaming or batch processing. The question comes from two ideas around data analytics architecture: state orientation and event orientation The post I link to here looks at both concepts and, as this is from Confluent, it highlights the event streaming capabilities in ksqlDB.

WIND (What Is Niels Doing)

In last weeks roundup I mentioned how South Africa had declared a national disaster and more or less put the country in lock-down. This due to the Coronavirus. Well, the “more or less” lock-down became a true lock-down last Friday (March 27), and we are no longer allowed to leave our homes, except in case of emergencies, and to purchase groceries!

We’ll see how long the lock-down lasts. Initially, it is said to be for 3 weeks, but most people expect it to be longer. From a work perspective, I am lucky to be working for Derivco, as the company has made a tremendous effort in enabling all employees to work from home!

The blog-post I have been working on based on my conference talk A Lap Around SQL Server 2019 Big Data Cluster is still not done. I have a bad case of “writers’ block” at the moment. Hopefully, I will get over it sooner rather than later, but do not expect this post anytime soon. Sorry about that!

~ 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. Most importantly stay safe out there!

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