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JSON, Kafka, and the need for schema

#kafka / Jul 11, 2022 / 10 min
When I started my journey with Apache Kafka, JSON was already everywhere. From Javascript UIs, through API calls, and even databases - it became a lingua franca of data exchange. For many organizations adopting Kafka I worked with, the decision to combine it with JSON was a no-brainer. Yet, this post is not really about Kafka itself. It’s not another how-to guide either. Using Kafka made me less enthusiastic about JSON and more focused on data evolution aspects.
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Single-partition Kafka topics

#kafka / Jan 11, 2021 / 5 min
Apache Kafka has been designed with scalability and high-performance in mind. Thanks to its architecture and unique ordering guarantees (only within the topic’s partition), it is able to easily scale to millions of messages. However, there are some specific situations when using a topic with just one partition (despite being against mentioned features) might be a valid and simple solution to some complex problems of the distributed world. In this post, I’d like to describe the so-called single-partition topic pattern and to list some valid use cases for it.
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