Introduction

Introduction to the different parts of this book and how the chapters are structured.

Different Parts

Part 1: Introduction to Convergent Evolution and the Field of Data Engineering Design Patterns

In this first part, I will introduce the concept of convergent evolution and explain its significance in data engineering. We will explore how design patterns, similar to the adaptations seen in convergent evolution, can help data engineers solve common challenges that arise during the design and implementation of data systems.

We will also discuss the open data landscape and how it has shaped the industry today, providing a foundation for applying data engineering design patterns. As we will see, emerging new tools and techniques are critical to understanding and appreciating the importance of design patterns and how they can overcome common challenges.

Part 2: Mastering the Data Engineering Design Patterns

Part Two of this book delves deeper into the practical applications of data engineering design patterns. We will explore the most common design patterns with materialized vies vs. one big table (OBT) pattern in the context of Kimball/Inmon methodologies.

We will also examine the rise of the semantic layer, which combines the data integration and transformation pattern to enable in-memory on-the-fly queries, raising questions about persistence vs. in-memory and big data vs. small data. Additionally, we will explore the most common data architecture and modeling patterns, including dimensional modeling in the open data stack world, snowflake vs. star schema, data-driven design, and many more. This section will apply software engineering patterns to data engineering, such as CI/CD, version control, and a test-driven approach.

By the end of Part Two, you will comprehensively understand the most critical data engineering design patterns and how to validate them against timeless architecture and technologies. We will also examine how these patterns can solve everyday challenges in the field.

Part 3: Navigating Data Engineering Design Patterns

The learning objective of this part is to guide how to navigate data engineering design patterns by exploring open data architectures, best practices, and relevant tools and technologies, as well as discussing potential future developments in the field.

This last chapter will explore the latest trends and emerging technologies that will likely shape the future of data engineering design patterns. We will discuss topics such as consolidation in the data landscape, the potential of new programming languages such as Rust for data engineering, and the advent of vectorized engines and WebAssembly.

Finally, we will conclude with some reflections on the current state of data engineering design patterns and offer some ideas on what the future may hold for this exciting field.

Chapter Structure

Each chapter from CE, DEP, and DEDP has a consistent structure. This helps you understand each term easily and comparably, and you will know exactly what to expect with each chapter.

Convergent Evolution (CE) Chapters

# CE A vs. B
Provide a brief teaser on the central theme of the chapter, setting the stage for readers to grasp the comparative nature of the chapter. 

## CE: A
### Definition
### History & Evolution
### Core Concepts
## CE: B
### Definition
### History & Evolution
### Core Concepts

## The Underlying Patterns
### Patterns (or Commonalities)
Discuss the commonalities between the topics of the chapter.

### Differences
Highlight the distinct features or methodologies.
## Key DE Patterns

Data Engineering Patterns (DEP) Chapters

# DEP: Pattern
DEPs focus more on recognizing patterns, their features, and general implementation, fitting for common practices and procedures.

## Overview
## Characteristics
## Application
## Implementation Steps
## Examples
## Advantages
## Limitations
## Relationships to Other Patterns
## Further Reading

Data Engineering Design Pattern (DEDP) Chapters

# DEDP: Design Pattern
DEDPs delve deeper into problems and their optimized solutions, fitting for best-practice, more solution-oriented approaches.

## Overview
## Problem Statement
## Solution
## Implementation
## Use Cases
## Advantages
## Limitations
## Variations (if any)
## Relationships to Other Patterns
## Best Practices
## Further Reading

Jumping into the Book

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