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O’Reilly | Kafka: The Definitive Guide 2nd Edition

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Ready to learn the capabilities, architecture, and operations of Apache Kafka®? This comprehensive guide gives Kafka beginners a practical introduction to the de facto, open-source engine for handling real-time data streams.

As you explore Kafka patterns, and detailed examples, you’ll learn how to write reliable, event-driven microservices and build real-time apps and data pipelines.

The guide helps architects, developers, and operators alike gain the Kafka expertise needed to:

  • Understand Kafka architecture and design principles (e.g., producers, consumers, topics, brokers, logs, and more)
  • Deploy and scale production Kafka clusters
  • Manage operational metrics like cluster monitoring, tuning, and maintenance tasks via Kafka APIs
  • Integrate data systems and microservices with event-driven architecture using Kafka Connect
  • Build scalable stream processing systems that maximize data value using Kafka Streams
  • Evaluate Kafka vs other pub-sub messaging queues for various use cases
  • Explore examples on the benefits and challenges of stream processing use cases

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