What Has Our Team Been Up To?

Around the start of this year, I created this blog, to replace my static website. Since then, I have mostly been writing about talks I have given, and I have a few posts in preparation that detail what I am working on (in case you didn’t figure it out yet, it’s called Nakadi.) Some of my colleagues have already written, on Zalando’s tech blog, about some of the things that we do in our team. [Read More]

Talk: Nakadi at Zalando's first Kafka meetup

Back in November, a few colleagues and I (actually, our entire team) organised our first Kafka meetup. In this meetup we wanted to bring together engineers and devops who run software around Kafka, or maintain Kafka in production, to exchange knowledge and discuss our experiences. We wanted to talk about successes as well as failures and challenges. No sales pitches, just the truth of what we have struggled with. For this first edition, all speakers were engineers at Zalando, as we didn’t know how much interest there would be from outside. [Read More]

Feb 3rd: At FOSDEM to talk about Nakadi

Back when I was studying in Belgium, I religiously attended FOSDEM - the Free and Open Source Software Developers’ European Meeting, every year, in Brussels. In fact, as a member of the NamurLUG, I was part of the team that recorded the talks at FOSDEM for quite a few years. Initially we recorded with consumer-grade cameras, but we soon upgraded to better quality equipment, and even started streaming the events live, after a couple of years. [Read More]

Data Natives Panel: Open Source Data Projects in Berlin

Back in November, I was at the Data Natives conference in Berlin, to take part in a panel on ‘Open Source Data projects in Berlin’. The other panelists were Kostas Tzoumas, Co-Founder and CEO of data Artisans, Ines Montani, Founder of Explosion AI and spaCy developer, and Andreas Dewes, Founder at 7scientists GmbH. The panel was moderated by Dr. Kristian Rother, Python Trainer at Academis. I was there, representing Zalando, and in particular my team, that maintains two open source projects, Nakadi and Bubuku. [Read More]

And Now for Something Completely Different

Gone is the static website. Instead, this new blog. I’m a software engineer, and currently I work on an open source event broker called Nakadi. I’m interested in data engineering, open source software, self-adaptive systems, and authorization. On this blog I will talk about what I am currently working on, post (technical) book reviews, and updates about talks I attend or even give. And jokes. I have a few posts in drafts to get started with. [Read More]