Productively Distracted

Excellent overview of the log data structure and why it matters. From the article:

You can't fully understand databases, NoSQL stores, key value stores, replication, paxos, hadoop, version control, or almost any software system without understanding logs; and yet, most software engineers are not familiar with them. I'd like to change that. In this post, I'll walk you through everything you need to know about logs, including what is log and how to use logs for data integration, real time processing, and system building.

The Log: What every software engineer should know about real-time data's unifying abstraction
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