Kafka Streams is purpose built for reading data from Kafka topics, processing it, and writing the results to new topics. With powerful stream and table abstractions and an exactly once capability, it supports a variety of common scenarios. Akka Streams emerged as a dataflow-centric abstraction for the Akka actors model, designed for general-purpose microservices. It supports a wider class of application problems and third-party integrations, so it’s less Kafka-centric.
Dean Wampler and Boris Lublinsky walk you through building several streaming microservices applications based on Kafka using Akka Streams and Kafka Streams for data processing. You’ll explore the strengths and weaknesses of each tool, helping you choose the best tools for your needs, and contrast them with Spark Streaming and Flink, so you can determine when to choose them instead.
Dean Wampler is an expert in streaming data systems, focusing on applications of ML/AI. Formerly, he was the vice president of fast data engineering at Lightbend, where he led the development Lightbend CloudFlow, an integrated system for building and running streaming data applications with Akka Streams, Apache Spark, Apache Flink, and Apache Kafka. Dean is the author of Fast Data Architectures for Streaming Applications, Programming Scala and Functional Programming for Java Developers and the coauthor of Programming Hive, all from O’Reilly. He’s a contributor to several open source projects. A frequent Strata speaker, he’s also the co-organizer of several conferences around the world and several user groups in Chicago. He has a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Washington.
Boris Lublinsky is a software architect at Lightbend, where he specializes in big data, stream processing, and services. Boris has over 30 years’ experience in enterprise architecture. Previously, was responsible for setting architectural direction, conducting architecture assessments, and creating and executing architectural road maps in fields such as big data (Hadoop-based) solutions, service-oriented architecture (SOA), business process management (BPM), and enterprise application integration (EAI). Boris is the coauthor of Applied SOA: Service-Oriented Architecture and Design Strategies, Professional Hadoop Solutions, and Serving Machine Learning Models. He’s also cofounder of and frequent speaker at several Chicago user groups.
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