Interesting Stuff - Week 3, 2022

Posted by nielsb on Sunday, January 23, 2022

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.


  • CIDR 2022 Conference. The Conference on Innovative Data Systems Research (CIDR) is a systems-oriented conference emphasizing the systems architecture perspective. CIDR 2022 was held a couple of weeks ago, and the link is to the table of content, which has links to the given talks. There are some very interesting presentations there.
  •´╝ÜStarRocks efficiently supports high concurrent queries, dramatically reduces labor and hardware cost. The last few years have seen an emergence of real-time distributed OLAP datastore’s; Druid, Apache Pinot, Clickhouse, etc. The link here is a post about StarRocks, a fairly new entry into the market. The post compares StarRocks with ClickHouse, and StarRocks comes out quite favourable.


  • Announcing the Confluent Q1 ‘22 Launch. This blog post announces new features for Confluent Cloud being launched in Q1 2022. One new “feature” that I like is the new Confluent CLI confluent v2. With confluent v2, I no longer need separate CLI’s for on-prem and cloud!
  • Introduction to Streaming Data Pipelines with Apache Kafka and ksqlDB. This blog post describes the elements involved in setting up a Kafka-based data pipeline: connecting data entities together; streaming data from source(s) into the middle of the pipeline; filtering, joining, and enriching the data with ksqlDB. Cool stuff!

WIND (What Is Niels Doing)

If you read my roundup from week 49 last year, you do know:

Figure 1: SQLBITS 2022 - A Day of Azure Data Explorer

Yes, I am presenting a one-day training class about Azure Data Explorer at SQLBits 2022. Referring back to what I am doing, I did a promo video for my class last evening, so go to A Day of Azure Data Explorer and have a look. Then register for SQLBits 2022.

~ 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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