Apache Kafka is an integral part of our infrastructure at HubSpot. We often have long pipelines of workers that consume from and publish to Kafka topics. A great example of this is our Sidekick product which delivers real-time notifications to users when a recipient opens their email. Much of the infrastructure for creating and delivering these notifications is built on top of Kafka.
In August, we hosted a Women Who Code meetup at HubSpot and led a workshop for beginners on using git and GitHub. I first walked through a slide presentation on the basics and background of git and then we broke out into groups to run through a tutorial I created to simulate working on a large, collaborative project. We got feedback after the event that it was a helpful, hands-on introduction. So if you're new to git, too, follow the steps below to get comfortable making changes to the code base, opening up a pull request (PR), and merging code into the master branch. Any important git and GitHub terms are in bold with links to the official git reference materials.
Name: Michael Axiak
Role: Principal Software Engineer
What was the last book you read?
I just finished David McCullough’s The Wright Brothers. While it may be a bit biased, I really enjoyed learning about their humble pursuit to build what they knew could exist. In addition to the focus on the brothers themselves, it’s easy to feel a sense of wonder for the early 1900s. Here was a time when automobiles, the telephone, radio and relativity were all new. It definitely makes one wonder about the speed of innovation today and if we’ll feel at all similarly about the progression of AI and automation.
Tech Talk at Night is a chance for engineers to get together and talk about the problems they're solving across the stack. We hosted the second installment of the event earlier this week, featuring talks from Twitter and our own development team about growing pains that come up with build tools as teams and systems scale.
The 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration is less than a month away and women from all over the country are getting ready to take over Texas, see as many talks as possible from speakers like Sheryl Sandberg, and meet a ton of new people that are passionate about product development. If that sounds awesome, it’s because it is.
Sometimes self-doubt can make you feel like a fake. You’re convinced you’re a fraud and that it’s just a matter of time until your co-workers find out you’re not as smart as they thought. Looking at your achievements doesn’t really help because you’re too busy internalizing your mistakes. If this sounds familiar, you might have something called impostor syndrome. You might also be an engineer.