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    Working on a Kafka deployment and getting it ready for production. Life on the bleeding edge of open source can be painful and risky. Last week, discovered that the primary Ruby gem, Poseidon (0.0.4), is not compatible with the latest release of Kafka (0.8.1.1) and the latest on master is broken as well. So, now evaluating rolling back to Kafka 0.8.1, which has problems staying up, or forking and moving forward to get back on track.

    On the bright side, it’s been a great education, having recently switched from .NET to Ruby. After forking and patching, I can read and understand nearly all parts of a gem now as well as crank out new ones.