Safely Test Your Applications And Analytics With Production Quality Data Using Tonic AI


January 22nd, 2023

45 mins 40 secs

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About this Episode


The most interesting and challenging bugs always happen in production, but recreating them is a constant challenge due to differences in the data that you are working with. Building your own scripts to replicate data from production is time consuming and error-prone. Tonic is a platform designed to solve the problem of having reliable, production-like data available for developing and testing your software, analytics, and machine learning projects. In this episode Adam Kamor explores the factors that make this such a complex problem to solve, the approach that he and his team have taken to turn it into a reliable product, and how you can start using it to replace your own collection of scripts.


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  • Your host is Tobias Macey and today I'm interviewing Adam Kamor about Tonic, a service for generating data sets that are safe for development, analytics, and machine learning


  • Introduction
  • How did you get involved in the area of data management?
  • Can you describe what Tonic is and the story behind it?
  • What are the core problems that you are trying to solve?
  • What are some of the ways that fake or obfuscated data is used in development and analytics workflows?
  • challenges of reliably subsetting data
    • impact of ORMs and bad habits developers get into with database modeling
  • Can you describe how Tonic is implemented?
    • What are the units of composition that you are building to allow for evolution and expansion of your product?
    • How have the design and goals of the platform evolved since you started working on it?
  • Can you describe some of the different workflows that customers build on top of your various tools
  • What are the most interesting, innovative, or unexpected ways that you have seen Tonic used?
  • What are the most interesting, unexpected, or challenging lessons that you have learned while working on Tonic?
  • When is Tonic the wrong choice?
  • What do you have planned for the future of Tonic?

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Parting Question

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

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