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- Your host is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Joe Reis and Matt Housley about their new book on the Fundamentals of Data Engineering
- How did you get involved in the area of data management?
- Can you explain what possessed you to write such an ambitious book?
- What are your goals with this book?
- What was your process for determining what subject areas to include in the book?
- How did you determine what level of granularity/detail to use for each subject area?
- Closely linked to what subjects are necessary to be effective as a data engineer is the concept of what that title encompasses. How have the definitions shifted over the past few decades?
- In your experiences working in industry and researching for the book, what is the prevailing view on what data engineers do?
- In the book you focus on what you term the "data lifecycle engineer". What are the skills and background that are needed to be successful in that role?
- Any discussion of technological concepts and how to build systems tends to drift toward specific tools. How did you balance the need to be agnostic to specific technologies while providing relevant and relatable examples?
- What are the aspects of the book that you anticipate needing to revisit over the next 2 – 5 years?
- Which elements do you think will remain evergreen?
- What are the most interesting, unexpected, or challenging lessons that you have learned while working on writing "Fundamentals of Data Engineering"?
- What are your predictions for the future of data engineering?
- From your perspective, what is the biggest gap in the tooling or technology for data management today?
- Fundamentals of Data Engineering (affiliate link)
- Ternary Data
- Designing Data Intensive Applications
- James Webb Space Telescope
- Google Colossus Storage System
- DMBoK == Data Management Body of Knowledge
- Bill Inmon
- Apache Druid
- RTFM == Read The Fine Manual
- Ternary Data Newsletter
- Ruby on Rails
- Lambda Architecture