Data Pipeline

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This project is part of the liveProject series Event-Driven Data Pipeline with Python and Kafka
beginner Python packaging • experience reading and creating architecture diagrams
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Faust • architecture • Kafka topics • writing to a database
Robert Koch and Shane Smith-Sahnow
1 week · 4-6 hours per week · BEGINNER

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Put on your platform architect hat! You’re a member of the development team at Piper Data Concepts (PDC), and your client is looking to modernize its workflow. An existing benchmarked development environment, made up of Kafka, Python, and Postgres, is at your disposal. Now it’s time to start conceptualizing the new and improved workflow. You’ll use Kafka to create an event-driven data pipeline, review and understand business requirements, use Python Poetry to package the project, write Python code using the Faust library to communicate with Kafka, and store the consumed data in a PostgreSQL database.

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Robert Koch
Rob Koch is a Principal Data Engineer at Slalom Build, and one of the community leaders of He helps drive cloud-native architecture, blogs about migrating to the cloud and use of Lambdas, and has a passion for data- and event-driven systems. Having earned five AWS certifications (Cloud Practitioner, Big Data Specialty, DevOps Engineer Associate, SysOps Administrator Associate, and Solution Architect Associate), Robert is actively involved in the development community in Denver, often speaking at Denver Dev Day and the AWS Denver Meetup. Robert’s goal is to help the community understand the advantages of migrating to the cloud, being cloud-native, and having “serverless” applications and databases.
Shane Smith-Sahnow
Shane Smith-Sahnow is a software engineer at Netlify. He has spent time at Github and New Relic working on large scale Kafka applications, developing analytical data pipelines, and shipping large scale features.


This liveProject is for programmers interested in learning the concepts and skills used in event-driven development. To begin these liveProjects you’ll need to be familiar with the following:

  • Visual Studio Code
  • Intermediate Python
  • Command Window (Windows Terminal, bash)
  • DBeaver
  • Docker Desktop
  • Apache Kafka
  • Benchmark
  • Document the environment setup
  • Event-driven architecture
  • Create and consume data
  • Write results to database

you will learn

In this liveProject, you’ll create a more resilient pipeline by decoupling systems within a workflow.

  • Read and understand business requirements
  • Create an event-driven pipeline
  • Use Python Poetry to package your project
  • Use Faust to communicate with Kafka
  • Store data in Postgres using Python logic


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