About a book: DDIA
Designing Data Intensive Applications (DDIA) is one of the most popular books in the present times. It’s hardly a surprise that it is so. Dr. Martin Kleppmann has been that wise man — by the medium of this book — to the many grasshoppers who, like yours truly, would have been continuously witnessing the onslaught of technologies, frameworks, and what not! Over the years, while in some cases one has an idea of how things would be working, the mental hypothesis requires either a validation, or a course-correction, or an “a-ha!” moment. The beauty of DDIA is that it provides several avenues for the all of those.
Yes, the book doesn’t of course answer all the questions, but one feels good after having gone through a few chapters, mainly because:
there seems to be, in some sense, a feeling of technical empathy, that a modern day application developer or designer can resonate with, and,
the language used is easy enough, almost conversational — so the technical terms or jargons, wherever used, are more relatable and easy to consume.
For instance, the explanation of topics like data streaming, and how the usual messaging solution used to facilitate streaming work. The author has ensured that the aspects like event logs are discussed in an apt depth, while talking about technologies that enable event sourcing (e.g. Kafka, etc.).
Such an arrangement enables the reader to continue further research on the topics that she is curious about, while giving her just enough breadth, and a direction, to make judicious technical choices — be it during development, or while deciding on the modern-day software component.