Here's our February 2021 roundup of links from across the web that we picked for you:
The Data Engineering Podcast recently featured a very interesting discussion about dbt at Shopify. Engineering manager Zeeshan Qureshi and senior data engineer Michelle Ark explained how dbt answered Shopify’s need for an SQL-based solution that its data scientists could use autonomously. They also mentioned some of the best practices they followed for staging, and cost considerations related to BigQuery. Last but not least, they touched on some extensions they are considering, such as implementing Great Expectations for data quality control.
Here's our January 2021 roundup of links from across the web that could be relevant to you:
Dropbox shared insights into Alki, the petabyte-scale metadata store it designed for infrequently accessed metadata (“cold data”). The post details how one-size-fits-all database Edgestore was reaching capacity limits, and why audit logs were a good candidate to be moved elsewhere than on costly SSDs. After considering off-the-shelf options, the team settled on building its own solution on top of AWS services: Alki; with DynamoDB as the hot store, and S3 as the cold store. Like HBase or Cassandra, Alki is based on log-structured merge-trees (LSM trees), but is better suited to handle hot-then-cold audit logs, as well as future use cases at Dropbox.
Here's our December 2020 roundup of links from across the web that could be relevant to you:
This long-form post on the dbt blog is a must-read. Titled “The Modern Data Stack: Past, Present, and Future,” it answers the question that Tristan Handy has been asking himself for the past two years: “What happened to the massive innovation we saw from 2012-2016?” His carefully thought-out analysis covers the natural cycles of technological shifts, defines the phase we are in as a ‘deployment’ one, and points out high-impact opportunity areas for the next few years - which you might find particularly useful if you are considering launching a new product.
Here's our November 2020 roundup of good reads and podcast episodes that might be relevant for your career in data:
Here's our October 2020 roundup of good reads and podcast episodes that might be relevant to you as a data professional:
Here's our September 2020 roundup of good reads and podcast episodes that might be relevant to you as a data professional:
Our founder Pete Soderling co-authored a follow-on piece to his previous post with Great Expectations' core contributor Abe Gong and Partner at Amplify Partners Sarah Catanzaro, for which they had interviewed the makers of some of the hottest data tools. The focus is still the same: rather than what their data tools can do, we hear about what they don't do, as a way to better understand how they fit together. From ApertureData to Xplenty, this new installment covers 21 new tools, and you can read it here.
Here's our August 2020 roundup of good reads and great podcast episodes for anyone working with data:
AI engineer and author J.T. Wolohan was recently a guest of the Heroku’s Code[ish] podcast to discuss the contents of his book, “Mastering Large Datasets with Python.” Listen to the episode here or read the transcript for some practical advice on using Python to deal with massive datasets, especially in the context of machine learning.
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