From Zero to Stream Processing

Last night I presented this talk at the Austin Kafka/Streaming Data Meetup. It was a great time with a bunch of really excellent attendees. Lots of good questions and interest. A big thanks to the HomeAway team and especially the organizer Praveen for hosting and setting things up!

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Just getting around to posting this now, it’s been an absolutely crazy year. But back in April I spoke at Percona Live, and had a great time. The talk had pretty good turnout and the feedback and questions were awesome. It’s always interesting presenting Apache Kafka to database nerds (I’m one) because of it’s similarities, yet drastic differences.

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Tactical Command Line Kafka

I wanted to share a quick piece on how to publish and subscribe JSON data with Apache Kafka using simple command line utilities. Here at Eventador, we use this set of simple command line tools quite frequently. The command line is very useful for both testing and development, but also sampling your stream to understand the data inside it.

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Securing Cloud Data Services

I had a great time speaking with Brett Piatt on CyberTalk Radio. We chatted about data security but also talked a bit about fundamentals and the history behind how we arrived at this place in technology. We also talked a bit about the Kafka as a Service we built at

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2016 Retrospective

This has been the least blogging I have done since 2013. That year I was crazy busy building ObjectRocket, similarly, this year I have been crazy busy building (as we now call it). I thought I would post a retrospective of some of the years highlights and things that come to mind in a few paragraphs to end the year on a high note.

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Displaying JSON in psql

Over the last few releases, PostgreSQL has developed awesome JSON functionality inside the database. That said, every once in a while you want to simply display that JSON in psql for easy viewing, working out a query, copying it to your buffer, etc. In 9.5 jsonb_pretty was included to solve this need.

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Hello Eventador Labs

If I have learned nothing in the last 5 years it’s play where you are at your best. Know what you are good at, and do that. Resist playing in areas where you don’t add a lot of value, maximize your time and efforts around the things you do well. In essence double down on your talents, and leverage your passions.

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PGConf Silicon Valley 2015

I have attended lots of PostgreSQL meetups and conferences, but never spoke at one. I always wanted to, but never had time or the opportunity. So I am very excited to be speaking at PGConf SV on November 18th 2015.

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My favorite Atom editor settings

For the last six months or so I have been exclusively using Atom as my editor. If you aren’t familiar, Atom is the editor created by Github. It’s simple, easily hackable, and generally awesome. It also doesn’t seem to be as slow as it used to be.

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Percona Live Europe 2015

I am very excited to be speaking at Percona Live in Amsterdam this year. In the last couple years I have been attending more and more Percona Live events and speaking at the conferences.

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Gaining perspective on the fallen

I love data driven projects. I am also a WWII nerd. This visualization brings some grim realities to the front and center, but it also gives a perspective often lost. My take away is the absolutely staggering human cost of pushing back Japan and ridding the world of the Nazi’s. This visualization just blows my mind.

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Partially D podcast and beer for dinner

I had the privilege to be on the Partially Derivative podcast last week. I was turned on to these guys a month or two ago, and have been an addict ever since. A bunch of data nerds here in the ObjectRocket offices have also become addicts. I suspect it has something to do with the beautiful marriage between data and beer!

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