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Apache Cassandra Lunch #18: Connecting Cassandra to Kafka

In this blog, we recap Cassandra Lunch #18, where we had guest speaker, Ryan Quey, discuss and demo a personal project where he uses multiple technologies, including Cassandra and Kafka, to build an app that grabs podcast data related to topics he inputs, stores it, processes it and displays it on searchable a front-end. In case you missed it, the video of Cassandra Lunch is also embedded in the blog!

Our guest speaker for Cassandra Lunch #18 is Ryan Quey. Ryan is a full-stack data engineer, who specializes in managing and manipulating data at scale and integrating that into apps, from front to back.

In Cassandra Lunch #18, Ryan discusses and demos a personal project he has been working on called java-podcast-processor. This is a tool to find podcast metadata over an external API, store them, get their RSS feeds, and run ETL using AirflowKafkaSpark, and Cassandra

The particular Cassandra distribution Ryan uses is Elassandra, which allows seamless integration with Elasticsearch.

The tool uses workers that are divided into separate Main classes in a single Java jar and consume and produce to Kafka, in order to distribute the workload across the cluster. He explains during Cassandra Lunch #18 that everything is built on top of Docker containers and linked together using docker-compose.

The flow of the tools is shown in the diagram below:

java-podcast-processor flow
java-podcast-processor flow

As shown above, there is a front-end and back-end component with React and Flask. Ryan demos the front-end aspect of the tool, which is the results displayed using a searchkit interface over React (built using Gatsby), served by a Python Flask app. The video is embedded at the end of the blog if you want to watch the demo live. A static example of the front-end can be seen below:

java-podcast-processor front-end
java-podcast-processor front-end

We would like to give thanks to Ryan for presenting today and discussing how he uses Cassandra for his java-podcast-processor project. The video of Cassandra Lunch #18 is embedded below; as well as, links to previous Cassandra Lunches if you missed any.


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