Streaming Audio: A Confluent podcast about Apache Kafka

Streaming Audio: A Confluent podcast about Apache Kafka

Streaming Audio is a podcast from Confluent, the team that built Apache Kafka®️. Host Tim Berglund (Senior Director of Developer Experience, Confluent) and guests unpack a variety of topics surrounding Apache Kafka, event stream processing and real-time data. The show also features the segment "Ask Confluent," in which Gwen Shapira (Engineering Manager, Confluent) and guests respond to a handful of questions and comments about the Confluent and Kafka ecosystems—from Kafka connectors, to distributed systems, data integration, Kafka deployment, and managed Apache Kafka as a service—on Twitter, YouTube, and elsewhere. Apache®️, Apache Kafka, Kafka, and the Kafka logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation in the United States and/or other countries. No endorsement by The Apache Software Foundation is implied by the use of these marks.... Show More

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October 28, 2020 51 min

It’s Halloween again, which means Anna McDonald (Staff Technical Account Manager, Confluent) is back for another spooktacular episode of Streaming Audio.

In this episode, Anna shares six of the most spine-chilling, hair-raising  Apache Kafka® JIRAs from the past year. Her job is to help hunt down problems like these and dig up skeletons like: 

  • Early death causes epoch time travel
  • Attack of the clones
  • Missing snapshot file leads to madn...
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    It’s the first work-from-home episode of Ask Confluent, where Gwen Shapira (Core Kafka Engineering Leader, Confluent) virtually sits down with Apache Kafka® expert Anna McDonald (Staff Technical Account Manager, Confluent) to answer questions from Twitter. 

    Find out Anna’s favorite Kafka Improvement Proposal (KIP), which  will start to use racially neutral terms in the Kafka community and in our code base, as well as answers to the ...

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    Wouldn’t it be awesome if there was a language as elegant as Spring Boot is as a framework? In this episode of Streaming Audio, Tim Berglund talks with Josh Long, Spring developer advocate at VMware about Kotlin, about the productivity-focused language from our friends at JetBrains, and how it works with Spring Boot to make the experience leaner, cleaner, and easy to use.

    Josh shares how the Spring and Kotlin teams have worked hard ...

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    Neil Buesing, an Apache Kafka® community stalwart at Object Partners, spends his days building things out of Kafka and helping others do the same. Today, he discusses the concept of a CoE (center of excellence), and how a CoE is integral to attain and sustain world-class performance, business value, and success in a business. Neil talks us through how to make a CoE successful, the importance of event streaming, how to better unders...

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    Ever wonder what it's like to intern at a place like Confluent? How about working with Kafka Streams and creating your own KIP? Well, that's exactly what we discuss on today's episode with Leah Thomas. Leah Thomas, who first interned as a recruiter for Confluent, quickly realized that she was enamored with the problem solving the engineering team was doing, especially with Kafka Streams. 

    The next time she joined Conflue...

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    The feature-rich release of Confluent Platform 6.0, based on Apache Kafka® 2.6, introduces Tiered Storage, Self-Balancing Clusters, ksqlDB 0.10, Admin REST APIs, and Cluster Linking in preview. These features enhance the platform with greater elasticity, improved cost effectiveness, infinite data retention, and global availability so that you can simplify management operations, reduce the cost of adopting Kafka, and focus on buildi...

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    Bobby Calderwood (Founder, Evident Systems) discusses event streaming, event modeling, and event-driven architecture. He describes the emerging visual language and process, how to effectively understand and teach what events are, and some of Bobby's own use cases in the field with oNote, Evident System’s new SaaS platform for event modeling. Finally, Bobby emphasizes the power of empowering and informing the community on how be...

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    Did you know that a team of 900 developers at Wix is using Apache Kafka® to maintain 1,500 microservices? Tim Berglund sits down with Natan Silnitsky (Backend Infrastructure Engineer, Wix) to talk all about how Wix benefits from using an event streaming platform. 

    Wix (the website that’s made for building websites) is designing a platform that gives people the freedom to create, manage, and develop their web presence exactly the way...

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    This year, Confluent turns six! In honor of this milestone, we are taking a very special moment to celebrate with Gwen Shapira by highlighting the top six things everyone should know about Apache Kafka®:

  • Clients have metrics
  • Bug fix releases/Kafka Improvement Proposals (KIPs)
  • Idempotent producers and how they work
  • Kafka Connect is part of Kafka and Single Message Transforms (SMTs) are worth not missing out on
  • Cooperative rebalancing 
  • Gen...
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    With the explosion of real-time data, Apache Kafka and event stream processing (ESP) have grown in proliferation, with event streaming technology becoming the de facto technology transforming businesses across numerous verticals. Gwen Shapira (Engineering Leader, Confluent), Ben Stopford (Senior Director, OCTO, Confluent), and Michael Noll (Principal Technologist, Confluent) meet up to talk all about their last five years at Conflu...

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    Jay Smith helps Google Cloud users modernize their applications with serverless eventing. This helps them focus on their code instead of managing infrastructure, as well as ultra-fast deployments and reduced server costs. 

    On today’s show, he discusses the definition of serverless, serverless eventing, data-driven vs. event-driven architecture, sources and sinks, and hybrid cloud with on-prem components. Finally, Jay shares how he s...

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    Multi-Region Clusters improve high availability in Apache Kafka®, ensure cluster replication across multiple zones, and help with disaster recovery. 

    Making sure users are successful in every area of their Kafka deployment, be it operations or application development for specific use cases, is what Anna McDonald (Team Lead Customer Success Technical Architect) and Mitch Henderson (Principal Customer Success Technical Architect) are ...

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    All Confluent developer advocates...assemble! COVID-19 has changed the face of meetings and events, halting all in-person gatherings and forcing companies to adapt on the fly. In today's episode of Streaming Audio, the developer advocates come together to discuss how their jobs have changed during the worldwide pandemic. 

    Less than a year ago, this group was constantly on the road or in a plane on their way to present something ...

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    Apache Kafka® 2.6 is out! This release includes progress toward removing ZooKeeper dependency, adding client quota APIs to the admin client, and exposing disk read and write metrics, and support for Java 14. 

    In addition, there are improvements to Kafka Connect, such as allowing source connectors to set topic-specific settings for new topics and expanding Connect worker internal topic settings. Kafka 2.6 also augments metrics for Ka...

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    Viktor Gamov (Developer Advocate, Confluent) returns to Streaming Audio to explain the magic of ksqlDB, ideal testing environments for ksqlDB, and the ksqlDB test runner. For those who are just starting to explore the interface, Viktor provides some tips and best practices for what to look out for too. 

    He also talks about the future of ksqlDB, the future of integration testing, and his favorite new feature among recent upgrades.

    EPI...

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    As developers, we are good at envisioning the future state of any given system we want to build, but are we as good at telling the business how those changes positively impact the bottom line? 

    Lyndon Hedderly (Team Lead, Business Value Consulting, Confluent) describes his approach to business value, how to justify a new technology that you’re introducing to your company, and tips on adopting new technologies and processes effective...

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    Inventory management systems are crucial for reducing real-time inventory data drift, improving customer experience, and minimizing out-of-stock events. Apache Kafka®’s real-time data technology provides seamless inventory tracking at scale, saving billions of dollars in the supply chain, making modernized data architectures more important to retailers now more than ever.  

    In this episode, we’ll discuss how Apache Kafka allows the ...

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    Apache Kafka® Committer and PMC member Matthias J. Sax explains fault tolerance, high-availability stream processing, and how it’s done in Kafka Streams. He discusses the differences between changelogging vs. checkpointing and the complexities checkpointing introduces. From there, Matthias explains what hot standbys are and how they are used in Kafka Streams, why Kafka Streams doesn’t do watermarking, and finally, why Kafka Streams...

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    Real-time stock trades, GPS location, and website click tracking are just a few industries that heavily rely on Apache Kafka®'s real-time messaging and data delivery functions. As such, Kafka's latency is incredibly important.

    Anna Povzner (Software Engineer, Confluent) gives you the breakdown and everything you need to know when it comes to measuring latency. 

    The five components of latency are produce time, publish time, co...

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    What started out as a consulting company, Camunda eventually turned into a developer-friendly, open source vendor that now focuses on workflow automation. 

    Bernd Ruecker, a co-founder and the chief technologist at Camunda, talks through the company's journey, how he ended up in open source, and all things automation, including how it differs from business process management and the issue of diagrams. 

    Bernd also dives into dead l...

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