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Welcome to Kafka; We’re Glad You’re Here

Dave Klein, Centene

Apache Kafka sits at the center of a technology ecosystem that can be a bit overwhelming to someone just getting started. Fortunately, Apache Kafka is also at the heart of an amazing community that is able and eager to help! So, if you are new, or relatively new, to Apache Kafka, welcome! I’d like to introduce you to the Kafka ecosystem, and present you with a plan for how to learn and be productive with it. I’d also like to introduce you to one of the most helpful and welcoming software communities I’ve ever encountered.

I’ll take you through the basics of Kafka—the brokers, the partitions, the topics—and then on and up into the different APIs and tools that are available to work with it. Consider it a Kafka 101, if you will. We’ll stay at a high level, but we’ll cover a lot of ground, with an emphasis on where and how you can dig in deeper.

I am still learning myself, so I will share with you what and who have helped me in my journey, and then I’ll invite you to continue that journey with me. It’s going to be a great adventure!