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Something strange happened while I worked with Kafka. While adding a new consumer from Kafka to one of our services, the service stopped consuming from ALL other existing consumers. As part of my job at Taboola as a team leader on a production team in the Infrastructure group, we’re supposed to remove bottlenecks, not create them. This post will describe how I investigated the issue, explain what I discovered, and share my insights into the whole situation. Some background Before I get into the rest of the story, here’s some background on how we use Kafka at Taboola’s events handling pipeline and why it’s critical to our infrastructure. Taboola’s recommendations appear on tens of thousands of web pages and mobile apps every second. As users engage with the content, multiple events are fired to signal that recommendations are rendered, opened, clicked, and so on. Each event triggers one or more Kafka messages, […]
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You wrote your code. You even tested it. And now, you are eager to git push it. But how can you verify that it really works? In Taboola, we test our code in production! In this article, you will see how every software engineer, even on the first day in the company, can test in production – all thanks to a dedicated Jenkins pipeline job and lots of metrics. How hard is it to test in production? Quite hard. You probably already knew that. Everybody fears that moment when they need to test changes in production. The main reason is that not everyone has the required IT skills. Moreover, people have to repeat error-prone, manual tasks – which might result in downtime and revenue loss. For our release engineers, it was also an unmanageable headache – a “thundering herd” of developers eager to test their features in production. […]