Reducing The Barrier To Entry For Building Stream Processing Applications With Decodable


October 15th, 2023

1 hr 8 mins 28 secs

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Building streaming applications has gotten substantially easier over the past several years. Despite this, it is still operationally challenging to deploy and maintain your own stream processing infrastructure. Decodable was built with a mission of eliminating all of the painful aspects of developing and deploying stream processing systems for engineering teams. In this episode Eric Sammer discusses why more companies are including real-time capabilities in their products and the ways that Decodable makes it faster and easier.


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  • Your host is Tobias Macey and today I'm interviewing Eric Sammer about starting your stream processing journey with Decodable


  • Introduction
  • How did you get involved in the area of data management?
  • Can you describe what Decodable is and the story behind it?
    • What are the notable changes to the Decodable platform since we last spoke? (October 2021)
    • What are the industry shifts that have influenced the product direction?
  • What are the problems that customers are trying to solve when they come to Decodable?
  • When you launched your focus was on SQL transformations of streaming data. What was the process for adding full Java support in addition to SQL?
  • What are the developer experience challenges that are particular to working with streaming data?
    • How have you worked to address that in the Decodable platform and interfaces?
  • As you evolve the technical and product direction, what is your heuristic for balancing the unification of interfaces and system integration against the ability to swap different components or interfaces as new technologies are introduced?
  • What are the most interesting, innovative, or unexpected ways that you have seen Decodable used?
  • What are the most interesting, unexpected, or challenging lessons that you have learned while working on Decodable?
  • When is Decodable the wrong choice?
  • What do you have planned for the future of Decodable?

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  • From your perspective, what is the biggest gap in the tooling or technology for data management today?

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