This analogy is as thin and trivial as it is disappointing. Those concepts could have and have been easily understandably explained in a single paragraph. Don't even see the appeal. This analogy is not providing any new or interesting insights whatsoever.
If anyone is starting a new project, I'd recommend looking into Apache Pulsar . It has all the good parts of Kafka with a lot more features useful when scaling
I am not kidding when I say that you can probably use Factorio in your technical interview as a company, lol.
Everything with Factorio in name gets my upvote.
Kafka is awesome, but I have one major gripe with it. It gives a solid interface to JVM applications. But if your application is outside of the JVM and you want it to consume from a topic, it's a terrible experience.
They say to get all the subtleties of kafka you should read the original german ;)
Beautiful explanation through analogies a s graphics supporting it. Thanks a lot
This is a wonderful format for explaining software engineering practices and I hope to see more like this.
Very useful article! Awesome job
I presume the percentage of HN user who know this is about Apache Kafka is higher than the percentage that think this is about Franz Kafka. :-)