Listen to Tim Berglund, Gwen Shapira, and guests unpack a variety of topics surrounding Apache Kafka®, Confluent, real-time data streaming, and the cloud.
Tim Berglund picks the brain of a distributed systems engineer, Guozhang Wang, tech lead in the Streaming department of Confluent. Guozhang explains what compelled him to join the Stream Processing team at Confluent coming from the Apache Kafka® core infrastructure.
Roger Hoover, one of the first engineers to work on Confluent Cloud, joins Tim Berglund to chat about the evolution of Confluent Cloud, all the stages that it’s been through, and the lessons he’s learned on the way.
What's it like being a distributed systems engineer? Apurva Mehta explains what attracted him to Apache Kafka®, the challenges and uniqueness of distributed systems, and how to excel in this industry.
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.
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.
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 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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