Demystifying Apache Kafka, Once and For All
Date : September 14, 2021
Time : 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

In this talk, I would like to facilitate the on-boarding process for anyone starting with Kafka and help to destroy (yeah, destroy!) any barriers preconceived in our minds about Kafka. Using simple and plain terms, I would explain the main concepts of Kafka and answer questions that I am used to getting, like: “Can you explain to me what Kafka is, like if I were 5 years old?”, “Is a Topic a queue?”, “How do we know how many partitions do we need for this?”, “Should we mix events coming from different sources into the same topic?”, and my favorite one: “Why is Kafka so difficult?”. I want to share some tips that might sound obvious but they are not for everyone, especially if you are new to Kafka. I would like to guide the newcomers through the main Kafka components and how they are related to each other without leaving them with more questions than answers.

Jonathan Santilli
Senior Data Engineer, Snyk