Interesting Stuff - Week 4, 2022

Posted by nielsb on Sunday, January 30, 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.


Distributed Computing

Azure Data Explorer

  • ADX dashboards January 2022 updates. As the title implies, this post looks at new functionality introduced for dashboards in Azure Data Explorer. Hmm, the ability to export dashboards, very cool!

Data Architecture

  • All Eyes on Snowflake and Databricks in 2022. It’s hard to overstate Snowflake and Databricks’ impact on the data industry for customers, partners, and competitors. This blog post looks at both Databricks and Snowflake and tries to determine what 2022 has in store.
  • Modern Data Stack: Which Place for Spark ?. This very interesting post looks at why you rarely see any mentions of Apache Spark in articles about the Modern Data Stack.
  • Building Reference Architectures for User-Facing Analytics. User-facing analytics can be challenging to implement and, more specifically, user-facing analytics at scale. The post, written by Dunith Dhanushka, discusses several blueprints for building scalable analytics infrastructure to deliver user-facing analytics. This is a MUST read post if you are interested in real-time user-facing analytics.


WIND (What Is Niels Doing)

In the coming days and weeks, I will be prepping for quite a few conference talks:

Figure 1: Stream Processing with Apache Kafka and .NET

Figure 2: SQLBITS 2022 - A Day of Azure Data Explorer

  • A Day of Azure Data Explorer. This is a one-day training class about Azure Data Explorer at SQLBits 2022. I am presenting live (woohoo), but you can also attend virtually.

Figure 3: ksqlDB - The Real-Time Streaming Database

  • ksqlDB - The Real-Time Streaming Database. An SQLBits 2022 conference talk, where I - in this demo filled session - look at using ksqlDB to gain real-time insights into streaming data. We look at push/pull queries, User Defined Functions, tables, streams, and other cool stuff.

Figure 4: Analyze Billions of Rows of Data in Real-Time Using Azure Data Explorer

For the SQLBits related “stuff” (training day and conference), you register here.

I hope to see you either at the .NET to the Core session or at SQLBits!

~ 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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