Data Pipeline

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This project is part of the liveProject series Event-Driven Data Pipeline with Python and Kafka
intermediate Python • beginner Docker • beginner Kafka
skills learned
Python packaging • messaging • containers
Robert Koch and Shane Smith-Sahnow
1 week · 4-6 hours per week · BEGINNER

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Step into the role of a developer at Piper Data Concepts (PDC), a company that specializes in helping Fortune 1000 companies improve their workflows. Your task is to review the 15-year-old workflow architecture of one of your clients, Trade Data Systems. You’ll identify issues and bottlenecks, then determine what’s needed to transform its workflow into a more modern, responsive architecture. To accomplish this, you’ll set up a development environment with Docker using Kafka, Python, and Postgres. As you go, you’ll deploy a Kafka cluster and write Python code using the Faust library to seamlessly process pre-defined business events.

This project is designed for learning purposes and is not a complete, production-ready application or solution.

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project authors

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 event-driven development who are comfortable installing server-based software. To begin these liveProjects you’ll need to be familiar with the following:

  • Intermediate Python
  • Apache Kafka
  • Faust library
  • Poetry
  • Git version control system
  • PostgreSQL
  • Visual Studio Code
  • Docker Desktop
  • Python library management
  • Switching from a legacy system to a more modern
  • Reading architectural diagram of an event-driven system

you will learn

In this liveProject, you’ll identify issues and bottlenecks in a workflow and determine what’s needed to transform it to a more responsive architecture.

  • Using Python
  • Run several containers (Kafka, Zookeeper, and Postgres, using Docker Desktop)
  • Work with Postgres


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