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Wade Waldron

Wade Waldron

Staff Software Practice Lead

Apache Kafka for .Net Developers

About This Course

The best applications provide users with nearly instantaneous feedback. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean those applications are performing the work in a synchronous manner. Instead, the most responsive applications often have a significant component that is asynchronous. User actions trigger events that are then distributed as messages by a streaming platform such as Apache Kafka.

The streaming nature of these applications allows them to be more robust. The system can be scaled up or down by adding additional message consumers. Portions of the system can even be taken offline without an immediate impact on the users. And new features can be added quickly by stitching together data from a variety of events already flowing through the system.

But before you can take advantage of these benefits, you need to know where to start. In this course, we will show you how to build a simple streaming system using C# and ASP.NET. We will walk you through how to connect your application to a Kafka Cluster hosted by Confluent Cloud. You’ll see how to produce and consume messages from the cluster, how to scale your application, and how to achieve different message delivery guarantees. By the end of the course, you will have a small working set of services using Apache Kafka as their communication layer.

Intended Audience

  • You have experience with C# and .Net, ideally including:
    • ASP.NET
    • Asynchronous Programming
  • You are familiar with the basic concepts of a publish/subscribe system such as:
    • Topics
    • Producers
    • Consumers
  • You may have never used Kafka.

Course Outline

  • This course will cover:
    • What is Event Streaming?
    • Kafka Messages
    • Producing Messages
    • Serialization and Deserialization (SerDes)
    • Schemas and the Schema Registry
    • Consuming Messages
    • Message Delivery Guarantees & Transactions
    • Kafka Topic Management with the Admin Client


  • Required Knowledge
    • C# .Net development experience
  • Required Setup
    • A local development environment including:
      • .Net


  • Approximately 2-3 hours


Wade Waldron (Course Author)

Wade has been a Software Developer since 2005. He has worked on video games, backend microservices, ETL Pipelines, IoT systems, and more. He is an advocate for Test-Driven Development, Domain-Driven Design, Microservice Architecture, and Event-Driven Systems. Today, Wade works as a Staff Software Practice Lead at Confluent where he shows people how to build modern data streaming applications.


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