Interesting Stuff - Week 39, 2021

Posted by nielsb on Sunday, September 26, 2021

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

  • AI/data science
  • data in general
  • data architecture
  • streaming
  • 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.


  • Understanding Materialized Views — 3 : Stream-Table Joins with CDC. In a roundup a couple of weeks ago, I linked to a post about materialized views, and I wrote how I couldn’t wait for a follow-up post. Well, here it is. In this post, the author looks at joining streams with lookup tables to create materialized views. Very cool!
  • What’s New in Apache Kafka 3.0.0. I guess the title says it all. Apache Kafka version 3.0 has just been released, and this blog post looks at some of the new features, fixes, and improvements.
  • How to Load Test Your Kafka Producers and Consumers using k6. A couple of weeks ago, I came across k6, a modern load testing framework for both developers as testers. I thought it would be cool if I somehow could load-test Kafka producers and consumers in the framework. Well, I can now do it, and the post I have linked to discusses the newly developed Kafka k6 extension: xk6-kafka. I cannot wait to put it through its paces.
  • Announcing ksqlDB 0.21.0. Above I linked to the announcement of Kafka 3.0. This post discusses the new ksqlDB 0.21.0 release and looks at some of the new features.
  • Kappa Architecture is Mainstream Replacing Lambda. In this post, the author looks at the benefits the Kappa architecture provides over the Lambda architecture. One of the major, major benefits is a much simpler infrastructure.

WIND (What Is Niels Doing)

Right now, I am “prepping” for two conference talks this coming week:

~ Finally

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

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