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Apache Kafka and Apache Flink for Gaming: Customer Engagement

April 4, 2024

Learn about using Apache Kafka® and Apache Flink® in tandem in a gaming use case! Or, learn about them separately in our other resources listed this week. We’ve also got Schema Registry best practices, smart retry mechanisms, and a GitHub data use case on the Kafka side of things—all blog posts! For Flink, we’re featuring Robin Moffat’s slides about Flink SQL for non-Java devs and a Flink in Java course module from Confluent Developer. Dive in!

Apache Kafka Resources:

Apache Flink Resources:

A Droplet from Stack Overflow:

Read this succinct summary of what a Flink SQL table is from David Anderson to understand both the philosophy and implementation of Flink SQL tables.

Got your own favorite Stack Overflow answer related to Flink or Kafka? Send it in to!

Terminal Tip of the Week:

This is how you spin up a Kafka cluster and compute pool with confluent-flink-quickstart:

confluent flink quickstart \
    --name cluster_name \
    --max-cfu 10 \
    --region us-east-1 \
    --cloud aws

But what do these flags mean?

confluent flink quickstart \
    --name cluster_name \ the name of the cluster you'd like to start up
    --max-cfu 10 \  a CFU is a logical unit of processing power that is used to measure the resources consumed by Confluent Cloud 
    --region us-east-1 \ the region to start both the cluster and the compute pool (must be the same)
    --cloud aws\ the cloud service you'd like to launch your cluster and compute pool one

Links from Around the Web:

Upcoming Events:


  • Current 2024 (Sep 17-18): The call for papers for Current 2024 is now closed. Thank you for your submissions! We will keep you updated on speaker and agenda announcements as they become available.
  • Kafka Summit Bangalore (May 2): Registration for KSB is still open! While we wait for the first-ever Kafka Summit in Bangalore, you can check out the agenda and speakers for the event.


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