Interesting Stuff - Week 36, 2020

Posted by nielsb on Sunday, September 6, 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.


  • Microservices with event sourcing using .NET Core. This post looks at how to implement and structure an API using microservices and event sourcing. The article is very interesting, and it definitely gives “food for thought”!
  • Introducing the Half type!. The title of the post says it all. Microsoft introduces a new type in .NET 5 - the Half type, which is binary16. The reason for this is that many computation workloads already take advantage of the Half type: machine learning, graphics cards, etc.

Big Data

  • Introducing Presto. Presto is a distributed SQL query engine, and it is designed to efficiently query data against disparate data sources of all sizes, ranging from gigabytes to petabytes. This post introduces Presto and looks at how Presto works. I find Presto very interesting in that we can use Presto to query Kafka!


WIND (What Is Niels Doing)

Back in May I did together with Charl a Derivco webinar around Kafka. This coming week, (Thursday, Sep. 10), I am doing another webinar - this time about SQL Server 2019 Big Data Cluster. The webinar is open to everyone, and you can sign up here.

~ 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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