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Episode 86March 4, 2020 | 48 min

Distributed Systems Engineering with Apache Kafka ft. Gwen Shapira

Gwen Shapira shares about what it's like to be a distributed systems engineer at Confluent and best tips for approaching a project like Apache Kafka. She talks through the steps she took to get to Confluent and how she got started working with Apache Kafka, including her experience as on the PMC for the Apache Software Foundation.

Episode 82February 5, 2020 | 54 min

Distributed Systems Engineering with Apache Kafka ft. Jun Rao

Jun Rao (Co-founder, Confluent) explains what relational databases and distributed databases are, how they work, and major differences between the two. He also delves into important lessons he’s learned along the way through the transition from the relational world to the distributed world.

Episode 62October 23, 2019 | 45 min

Distributed Systems Engineering with Apache Kafka ft. Colin McCabe

Colin McCabe shares about what it’s like being a distributed systems engineer, how it differs from being a full stack engineer, and the importance of open source community involvement.

Episode 40July 2, 2019 | 45 min

Distributed Systems Engineering with Apache Kafka ft. Jason Gustafson

Jason Gustafson dives into the challenges of working on distributed systems, particularly when it comes to a unique system like Apache Kafka. He also discusses ways in which Confluent is working with the community to solve active problems, and what it takes to be a distributed systems engineer.

Meet your hosts

Tim Berglund

Tim Berglund is a teacher, author, and technology leader with Confluent, where he serves as the senior director of developer advocacy. He can frequently be found at speaking at conferences in the U.S. and all over the world. Tim is the co-presenter of various O'Reilly training videos on topics ranging from Git to distributed systems, and he is the author of "Gradle Beyond the Basics." He lives in Littleton, CO, U.S., with the wife of his youth.

Gwen Shapira

Gwen Shapira is an engineering leader at Confluent. She has over 15 years of experience working with code and customers to build scalable data architectures, integrating relational and big data technologies. Gwen is the author of "Kafka: The Definitive Guide" and "Hadoop Application Architectures." Gwen is a frequent presenter at industry conferences, a PMC member on the Apache Kafka project, and a committer on Apache Sqoop™. When Gwen isn't building data pipelines or thinking up new features, you can find her pedaling on her bike exploring the roads and trails of California, and beyond.

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