Apache Kafka is a fascinating product that solves a problem that almost nobody has. If the Internet is a series of tubes (RIP Ted Stevens), Apache Kafka is the pipe that connects high-volume applications with their external components, like databases and third-party services. It’s frequently used by companies that operate at the most extreme of scales, like Uber, Netflix, and Airbnb. It was initially developed by engineers within LinkedIn, which is the world’s largest professional networking site. (If you let me put my nerd hat on for a second, I should say that my explanation was massively simplified. It does…

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