Blog Posts

Kafka Log Compaction

Nov 20th, 2020

Kakfa supports multiple log cleanup policy, delete or compact. When set to delete, log segments will be deleted when the size or time limit is reached. When compact is set, Kafka will ensure to keep at least the latest value of messages per message key. With log compaction setup on a Kafka topic, the topic becomes a database where messages are rows in database term, mutation of rows are done via messages where the last message received represents the latest state. In this post we will see how we can setup compaction and the different settings that affect its behaviour.

Kafka Offsets And Statistics

Nov 13th, 2020

Offsets are a big part of Kafka. They indicate the position of a log in the partition of a topic, allowing consumers to know what to read, and from where to start. In today’s post we will look into how consumers manage the offset, store and commit them, and how brokers maintain them to allow failure to happen on a consumer group.

Kafka Topic Partition And Consumer Group

Nov 6th, 2020

In the past posts, we’ve been looking at how Kafka could be setup via Docker and some specific aspect of a setup like Schema registry or Log compaction. We discussed broker, topic and partition without really digging into those elemetns. In this post, we will provide a definition for each important aspect of Kafka.

Kafka Schema Registry With Avro

Oct 30th, 2020

In previous posts, we have seen how to setup Kafka locally and how to write a producer and consumer in dotnet. The topic on which producer produces messages and consumer consumes messages accepts messages of any type, hence an agreement needs to be made between producer and consumer on a contract so that whatever is being produced can be understood at consumption. In order to enforce that contract, it is common to use a Schema Registry. In this post, we will look at how we can setup and use a schema registry, and we will look at how we can create an Avro schema to enforce produced and consumed data.

Create Kafka Producer And Consumer In Dotnet And Python

Oct 23rd, 2020

Last week we looked at how we could setup Kafka locally in Docker. Continuing along our Kafka series, we will look at how we can create a producer and consumer using confluent-kafka-dotnet.

Setup Local Kafka With Docker

Oct 16th, 2020

When writing Kafka producer or consumer applications, we often have the need to setup a local Kafka cluster for debugging purposes. In this post, we will look how we can setup a local Kafka cluster within Docker, how we can make it accessible from our localhost and how we can use Kafkacat to setup a producer and consumer to test our setup.

Generate Fake Data In Python With Faker

Oct 9th, 2020

Reducing repetition in codebase is a well understood concept in Software development. When writing features, we try to use existing functionalities so that we don’t duplicate similar logic. Surprisingly, this concept is often skipped when writing tests where we end up with a hundred over test cases with repeated construction of input objects to fit all possible scenarios being tested. In most languages (I haven’t checked all of them), developers have addressed such problem by providing ways to fake inputs. In today’s post, we will look into Python Faker package and how to use it to improve code reuse.

Angular Async Pipe

Oct 2nd, 2020

The async pipe is used in Angular to unwrap a value from an asynchronous primitive. An asynchronous primitive can either be in a form of an observable or a promise. It is one of the most important pipes of Angular as it allows us to remove the complexity of handling subscription to data coming from asynchronous sources like HTTP clients. The code of the async pipe is surprisingly simple and understanding it will allow us to avoid traps like the default null value. So in today’s post, we will reimplement the async pipe in a toned down version of it.

Create Stored Procedure In Mysql

Sep 25th, 2020

A stored procedure in MySQL acts as a method stored in the database. It has a name and accepts a set of arguments and can be invoked via CALL statement. In this post we will look at how we can define a stored procedure, how the parameters and variables work, and lastly how we can define transactions and handle exceptions accordingly.

Handle Polymorphic Array Serialization With Marshmallow

Sep 18th, 2020

Few months ago we looked into Marshmallow, a Python serialisation and validation framework which can be used to translate Flask request data to SQLAlchemy model and vice versa. In today’s post we will look at how we can serialise an array containing polymorphic data.

Postgres Window Function

Sep 11th, 2020

Window functions are calcultions done accross a set of rows in relation to the current row. In Postgres, we can use window functions with the keywords OVER to calculate useful aggregate functions like average, ranking or count over a partition of the data. In today’s post we will look at example of window function usage.

Ngrx Metareducer

Sep 4th, 2020

When building Angular application with Ngrx, it is helpful to see the action flowing into our states for debugging. The quick and easy way to debug is to make use of the Redux DevTools which shows the list of actions and provide time travelling functionalities. Another way is to simply log the action, the state prior applying the action, and the resulting state. In Ngrx, we are able to do that using a Meta-reducer.

Postgres Full Text Search

Aug 28th, 2020

In today’s post we will look at how PostgreSQL Full Text Search functionalities can be used to retrieved ranked documents. We’ll start by looking at the basics of matching documents, then we’ll move on to how we can define indexes for performance improvement and we’ll end by looking at weights and ranking.

Debugging Angular App With Chrome Devtools

Aug 21st, 2020
Chrome DevTool

When developing Angular application, or any sort of frontend application, we ensure that the application works properly by displaying it on the browser. Chrome comes with built-in devtools enhancing greatly our debugging toolkit. In today’s post we will look at the source panel of the devtools and discover the most important functionalities.

Getting Started With Sqlalchemy Orm

Aug 14th, 2020

In a previous post, we talked about Alembic which is a migration tool built on top of SQLAlchemy. SQLAlchemy is a Python SQL toolkit and Object Relational Mapper (ORM). In today’s post, we will look at how the ORM part can be leverage to easily create and manage a simple database schema.

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