A Confluent Kafka data object is a physical data object that represents data in a Kafka stream or a Confluent Kafka stream. After you configure a Messaging connection, create a Confluent Kafka data object to read data from Kafka brokers or from Confluent Kafka brokers using schema registry.
Confluent Kafka runs as a cluster comprised of one or more servers each of which is called a broker. Confluent Kafka brokers stream data in the form of messages. These messages are published to a topic.
Confluent Kafka topics are divided into partitions. The Spark engine can read the partitions of the topics in parallel to achieve better throughput and to scale the number of messages processed. Message ordering is guaranteed only within partitions. For optimal performance use multiple partitions.
You can create or import a Confluent Kafka data object. When you configure a Confluent Kafka data object, you can specify the topic name that you read from. To subscribe to multiple topics that match a pattern, you can specify a regular expression. Before the application runs, the pattern is matched against the topics. If you add a topic with a similar pattern when the application is already running, the application will not read from the topic.
Read Operation in Confluent Kafka
You can use the Confluent Kafka data object read operation as a source in streaming mappings. By default, the read operation is created for Confluent Kafka.
Supported File Format in Confluent Kafka
When you configure the data operation properties, specify the format in which the Confluent Kafka data object reads data.
You can specify XML, JSON, Avro, or Flat as format for Kafka data objects. When you specify XML format, you must provide a XSD file. When you specify JSON or Flat format, you must provide a sample file. When you specify Avro format, provide a sample Avro schema in an .avsc file.
You can specify Avro as the format for Confluent Kafka data objects using schema registry. You can pass Avro payload format directly from source to target in streaming mappings using Confluent Kafka.
Streaming mappings can read, process, and write hierarchical data. You can use array, struct, and map complex data types to process the hierarchical data. You assign complex data types to ports in a mapping to flow hierarchical data. Ports that flow hierarchical data are called complex ports.
For more information about processing hierarchical data, see the