Interview With Author Noritaka Sekiyama

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Noritaka Sekiyama

Noritaka Sekiyama is the author of Serverless ETL and Analytics with AWS Glue, we got the chance to sit down with him and find out more about his experience of writing with Packt.

Q: What is/are your specialist tech area(s)?

Nori: AWS, AWS Glue, Apache Spark, Apache Hadoop, Data Engineering

Q: How did you become an author for Packt? Tell us about your journey. What was your motivation for writing this book?

Nori: Fortunately I got this opportunity to write a book. I thought this is a great opportunity to summarize my expertises and experiences about AWS Glue, and decided to be an author.

Q: What kind of research did you do, and how long did you spend researching before beginning the book?

Nori: I re-visited some common design patterns for data engineering and data lakes, and also created hands-on tutorial for common use cases. It took several months.

Q: Did you face any challenges during the writing process? How did you overcome them?

Nori: Actually no.

Q: What’s your take on the technologies discussed in the book? Where do you see these technologies heading in the future?

Nori: Data engineering is evolving rapidly, Apache Spark and AWS Glue as well. I expect that the performance will be significantly improved over times with lower cost.

Q: Why should readers choose this book over others already on the market? How would you differentiate your book from its competition?

Nori: This book is the only one book specialized for AWS Glue on the market. You can learn how to take advantage of AWS Glue for real world use cases. I would recommend this book not only for existing Glue users, but also anyone who are interested in data engineering on AWS.

Q: What are the key takeaways you want readers to come away with from the book?

Nori: How to utilize AWS Glue for real world use cases

Q. What advice would you give to readers learning tech? Do you have any top tips?

Nori: Just run it. Hands-on experience will help you understand tech deeply.

Q. Do you have a blog that readers can follow?

Nori: No

Q. Can you share any blogs, websites, and forums to help readers gain a holistic view of the tech they are learning?

Nori: AWS Glue public doc (https://docs.aws.amazon.com/glue/index.html)

Q. How would you describe your author journey with Packt? Would you recommend Packt to aspiring authors?

Nori: Packt helped us to make progress on authoring, and keep giving reasonable advice to improve the quality of the book.

Q. Do you belong to any tech community groups?

Nori: Apache Spark

Q. What are your favorite tech journals? How do you keep yourself up to date on tech?

Nori: I mainly reads Apache Spark community forum and email threads, and also some related projects’ ones (e.g. Apache Hudi, Apache Iceberg).

Q. How did you organize, plan, and prioritize your work and write the book?

Nori: I focused on writing the book after work, and holidays.

Q. What is that one writing tip that you found most crucial and would like to share with aspiring authors?

Nori: Just start writing the very first character 🙂

Q. Would you like to share your social handles? If so, please share.

Nori: @moomindani (Twitter)

You can find Nori’s book on Amazon by following this link: Please click here


Serverless ETL and Analytics with AWS Glue – Available on Amazon.com