Interesting Stuff - Week 47, 2023

Posted by nielsb on Sunday, November 26, 2023

Dive into a week of tech discoveries! From Martin Fowler’s indispensable guide to effective distributed systems to the future of gaming with real-time generative AI, there’s a wealth of knowledge waiting for you.

Explore Sam Altman’s return as OpenAI’s CEO, shaping the AI landscape, and the game-changing partnership between Confluent and Ably for seamless Kafka integration.

Join me on this tech journey as I share my recent experiences presenting at the .NET Conference and look ahead to future adventures. Stay tuned for a week’s worth of captivating tech tales!

Distributed Computing

  • Patterns for Effective Distributed Systems: A Must-Read for Architects. This blog-post announces Martin Fowler’s latest book, “Patterns for Effective Distributed Systems”. The book is a valuable resource for anyone involved in designing or maintaining distributed systems. In this comprehensive summary, the book is praised for its insightful exploration of patterns that address the unique challenges of distributed computing. Fowler’s expertise shines through as he provides practical solutions and best practices for architects and developers grappling with the complexities of building robust distributed systems. Suppose you’re in the field of software architecture or distributed systems. In that case, this book is a must-read, offering a wealth of knowledge to help you tackle the intricacies of modern software development, and I will make this book a mandatory read for my teams.

Generative AI

  • Real-Time Generative AI Gameplay: The Future of Gaming?. In this blog-post, the authors explore the intersection of artificial intelligence and gaming. They delve into the concept of real-time generative AI, which promises to revolutionize the gaming industry by creating dynamic and personalized gaming experiences for players. The article discusses this technology’s potential benefits, challenges, and practical applications, offering a glimpse into the future of gaming. Whether you’re a gamer or simply interested in the evolving landscape of AI, this read provides a thought-provoking perspective on the cutting-edge developments in the gaming world. Since we, Derivco, are in the iGaming industry, this topic is close to my heart.
  • Sam Altman Returns as CEO of OpenAI: A Vision for AI’s Future. I cannot, not link to something related to the OpenAI soap opera. In this blog-post, the authors explore the implications of Altman’s return to the helm of one of the most prominent AI research organizations. It discusses Altman’s previous work, his vision for OpenAI’s role in shaping AI’s future, and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Whether you’re deeply invested in the AI field or just curious about the direction of AI research, this article provides a captivating overview of a pivotal moment in the AI community. I don’t know the outcome of this, but for now, I think that Microsoft and Satya Nadella are the winners in this.


  • Confluent and Ably: A Game-Changer for Kafka Integration. This blog-post from Confluent introduces an exciting partnership with Ably, shedding light on their new Kafka Connector. This collaboration opens up a world of possibilities for developers looking to streamline their real-time data integration needs. The post discusses how this connector simplifies data flow between Apache Kafka and Ably’s powerful platform, allowing organizations to easily manage event-driven data at scale. For those working with Kafka and seeking efficient ways to enhance their real-time data infrastructure, this article provides a compelling glimpse into a promising integration solution that could transform your data workflows.

WIND (What Is Niels Doing)

I am just now sitting in Cape Town writing this blog post. As I wrote in my previous post, I presented at the .NET Conference yesterday. The event was good, expertly organized by Allan Pead and his merry crew!

I presented Streaming with Style: Unleashing the Power of Kafka for .NET Developers to an engaged audience. Unfortunately, the demo gods were not with me, and I had some issues with my demos, but all-in-all, it was a good day. I had a lot of fun, and I hope the audience did, too.

Figure 1: .NET Conference Johannesburg

I am now looking forward to the next event in Johannesburg next Saturday, where I present the same session. Hopefully, the demo gods will be with me then!

~ 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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