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Smart Connectors Core Concepts

There are 4 steps to the connector:

Smart Connectors

  • Protocol: Parses data according to the wire format of the connected data platform.
  • Extract: Extracts raw data from the protocol format and packages it neatly into data structures that may be used by subsequent stages or be produced directly to a topic.
  • Filter (optional): A user-provided SmartModule that may determine whether a given record should be discarded before sending it over the network to Fluvio, saving bandwidth.
  • Shape (optional): A user-provided SmartModule that may take the extracted data structures and transform them in to an application-specific format.

The Protocol and Extract stages are built directly into the connector. They offer basic access to your data through the various protocols your data sources use.

In the Extract stage, your data is structured from whatever protocol it is sourced from.

Additionally, You can apply custom pre-processing or post-processing to data, before it arrives to or while it streams from a Fluvio topic. The Filter and Shape stages are provided through SmartModules.

Powered by WebAssembly (also called wasm), SmartModules are pre-packaged or user-provided operations such as filters, maps, or aggregators that can be applied to records at various points in the streaming pipeline. Supporting access to your data while it is in transit provides you the ability to clean, transform and enrich your data before it is stored in a topic, or it exits the Fluvio cluster.

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