Interesting Stuff - Week 48, 2021

Posted by nielsb on Sunday, November 28, 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.

Big Data

  • Databricks Photon vs Azure Synapse. This post is in Spanish, but as I know that the readers of my blog (all two of you) are fluent in Spanish, so that shouldn’t be a problem. Or - you could do what I did, translate it to English. The translation didn’t come out half bad, and the post compares the performance of Databricks and Azure Synapse. Interesting read!


  • Podtato-head, Pulumi and Azure Container Apps. This post caught my eye as it mentions Pulumi. I am interested in Pulumi not so much for it being a cloud engineering platform, but for Joe Duffy being one of the founders. Joe is a very smart guy, and I keep an eye out for things he is doing. Anyway, I link to this post because of the reference to Azure Container Apps. ACA looks extremely cool, and I must look at it further.

Azure Data Explorer


  • Consuming over 1 billion Kafka messages per day at Ifood. Well, the title says it all! In the post, the author looks at the journey he had towards being able to consume a “shed-load” (“shed-load” is a technical term) of messages per day. The post has quite a few “tips and tricks”, so you should definitely read this post if you are a high volume Kafka consumer.

WIND (What Is Niels Doing)

As with last weeks roundup, this is not so much of what I am doing as of what I did:

Figure 1: Future Data Driven

And also, like last week, it is a recording for a presentation I did a while back. The presentation is Analyze Billions of Rows of Data in Real-Time Using Azure Data Explorer, and the conference was Future Data Driven.

~ 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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