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Stephane Derosiaux

Camp Counselor

Apache Kafka Demystified: Breaking Down the Basics

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Tuesday, July 30, 2024 - 7:30 PM UTC, for 1 hour.

Regular, 60 minute presentation

Room: African 60

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Apache Kafka is essential for organizations of all sizes to work with real-time data and be competitive. It is loved by developers, QA teams, and architects, and sometimes hated because of its complexity. Kafka enables efficient data exchange between teams at scale through its distributed streaming platform and extensive tooling, forming the backbone of many products and data systems. We'll explore why Apache Kafka is both powerful and simple yet complicated. We'll look at its key features like topics, partitions, and consumer groups using Conduktor to show how it operates and why it's designed like this. We'll also create stream processing applications to showcase its real-time capabilities and how it connects with traditional systems like databases. Additionally, we'll highlight some common issues in Kafka-based applications, typical of distributed systems, and how to tackle them.


Folks will benefit most from this talk if they have experience working with real-time data. We'll be discussing distributed system concepts and stream processing. Experience with any message brokers would be useful.

Take Aways

  • Learn about Kafka and how to develop applications with it
  • Build and connect applications via Kafka in real-time
  • Watch out for tricky parts in Kafka
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