Articles by Gwen Shapira

Moving data around for 15 years and counting. Database consultant turned Data engineer. Contributing to Sqoop and Kafka.


What is Confusing About Kafka?

I think Kafka is pretty simple. There are topics, producers write messages to topics and consumers read them. The rest is implementation details. My favorite reaction from my colleagues when they learn Kafka is “Is that it? I thought its difficult and put aside an entire week to learn this! Why does everyone make such…

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Getting Started With Kafka – Resources

We get a lot of questions on the lines of “Kafka is awesome, can you point me to few resources to help me get started?” I don’t know any book I can recommend, but there are lots of resources online. Kafka documentation is fantastic: Especially the quick-start guide: If you are looking for information on…


Notes from Kafka Meetup

Last night, I attended (and presented at) Apache Kafka NYC Meetup. The meetup was organized by Joe Stein who did a good job quickly creating a level playing field by making sure everyone in the audience has basic understanding of Kafka. Jay Kreps presented the new features coming up in the next Kafka releases. There is…