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Apache Kafka Quick Start Guide

By : Raúl Estrada
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Apache Kafka Quick Start Guide

By: Raúl Estrada

Overview of this book

Apache Kafka is a great open source platform for handling your real-time data pipeline to ensure high-speed filtering and pattern matching on the ?y. In this book, you will learn how to use Apache Kafka for efficient processing of distributed applications and will get familiar with solving everyday problems in fast data and processing pipelines. This book focuses on programming rather than the configuration management of Kafka clusters or DevOps. It starts off with the installation and setting up the development environment, before quickly moving on to performing fundamental messaging operations such as validation and enrichment. Here you will learn about message composition with pure Kafka API and Kafka Streams. You will look into the transformation of messages in different formats, such asext, binary, XML, JSON, and AVRO. Next, you will learn how to expose the schemas contained in Kafka with the Schema Registry. You will then learn how to work with all relevant connectors with Kafka Connect. While working with Kafka Streams, you will perform various interesting operations on streams, such as windowing, joins, and aggregations. Finally, through KSQL, you will learn how to retrieve, insert, modify, and delete data streams, and how to manipulate watermarks and windows.
Table of Contents (10 chapters)

Custom serializer

So far, we have seen how to produce and consume JSON messages using plain Java and Jackson. We will see here how to create our custom serializers and deserializers.

We have seen how to use StringSerializer in the producer and StringDeserializer in the consumer. Now, we will see how to build our own SerDe to abstract the serialization/deserialization processes away from the core code of the application.

To build a custom serializer, we need to create a class that implements the org.apache.kafka.common.serialization.Serializer interface. This is a generic type, so we can indicate the custom type to be converted into an array of bytes (serialization).

In the src/main/java/kioto/serde directory, create a file called with the content of Listing 4.11.

The following is the content of Listing 4.11,

package kioto...