Personal Project Data Sources

You don’t have previous Big Data experience, but want to get hired as a Data Engineer. Don’t worry, you can get hired. You’ll need a well executed personal project that gets you noticed and shows your skills. I’ve verified this with hiring managers all over the place....

Kafka REST and JQuery Helper

I’m open sourcing one of the modules I wrote for my Real-time Data Engineering class. We use Apache Spark and Apache Kafka to process data. Then, we show the data in real-time on a webpage using this JavaScript module to pull in data from Kafka via the Kafka...

Is Kafka Only a Big Data Tool?

I’ve been teaching Kafka at companies without the textbook definition of Big Data problems. They don’t have, and will not have in the future, what you’d define as Big Data problems. As a result, the students ask me if using Kafka is appropriate for their use cases....

What Do I Look for in Data Engineers?

I want to share with you some of the traits that I’ve found in especially good Data Engineers. Every one of these traits may not be in every Data Engineer, but you will find several. I can’t stress enough how important it is for a Data Engineer to have a...