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- Your host is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Evan Weaver about FaunaDB, a modern operational data platform built for your cloud
- How did you get involved in the area of data management?
- Can you start by explaining what FaunaDB is and how it got started?
- What are some of the main use cases that FaunaDB is targeting?
- How does it compare to some of the other global scale databases that have been built in recent years such as CockroachDB?
- Can you describe the architecture of FaunaDB and how it has evolved?
- The consensus and replication protocol in Fauna is intriguing. Can you talk through how it works?
- What are some of the edge cases that users should be aware of?
- How are conflicts managed in Fauna?
- What is the underlying storage layer?
- How is the query layer designed to allow for different query patterns and model representations?
- How does data modeling in Fauna compare to that of relational or document databases?
- Can you describe the query format?
- What are some of the common difficulties or points of confusion around interacting with data in Fauna?
- What are some application design patterns that are enabled by using Fauna as the storage layer?
- Given the ability to replicate globally, how do you mitigate latency when interacting with the database?
- What are some of the most interesting or unexpected ways that you have seen Fauna used?
- When is it the wrong choice?
- What have been some of the most interesting/unexpected/challenging aspects of building the Fauna database and company?
- What do you have in store for the future of Fauna?
- From your perspective, what is the biggest gap in the tooling or technology for data management today?
- Ruby on Rails
- Spanner Paper
- DynamoDB Paper
- Calvin Protocol
- Daniel Abadi
- LSM Tree (Log-structured Merge-tree)
- Change Data Capture
- Fauna Query Language (FQL)
- CQL == Cassandra Query Language
- Object-Relational Databases
- LDAP == Lightweight Directory Access Protocol
- OLAP == Online Analytical Processing
- Jepsen distributed systems safety research