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Kafka: The Great Logfile in the Sky

We're excited to have John Pignata give an encore of his Lone Star Ruby Conference talk on Kafka, a messaging system built by LinkedIn specifically for user activity data.

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Modern consumer web applications produce scads of data that needs to be processed for a variety of applications: data warehousing, user activity feeds, security audit logs, data analytics, search indexing, etc. In this talk we'll look at Kafka – a messaging system built by LinkedIn specifically for user activity data – and some scenarios where it can be used in our Ruby and Rails applications.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    A fantastic presentation and certainly a very interesting and useful software system which has wide applicability.

    August 15, 2012

  • Felix S.

    Very well explained. It was good that you gave real examples of the tool in the wild.

    August 15, 2012

  • Evan S.

    Extremely informative. I just wish I were able to meet more people in the brief time allotted. Thank you Kafka!

    August 15, 2012

  • Russell J.

    Very informative introduction. It was nice to know some companies that were using it and how their implementations differed.

    August 15, 2012

  • John P.

    Thanks for coming tonight! The slides from my talk can be found on speakerdeck ( and the sample code is available on GitHub ( If you missed it, I did the talk for Pivotal's brown bag series which was recorded (

    August 14, 2012

  • Jordan G.

    I have a startup in the news media space and I'm looking for a tech co-founder and developers. I'm in the middle of a funding round (semi-funded). Reach out of interested in helping people discover and manage their news more effectively!

    August 14, 2012

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