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The Zeebe 0.20.0 (Production Ready) Release Webinar: A Recap

On Monday, July 22, Camunda CTO Daniel Meyer and Zeebe Developer Advocate Josh Wulf joined me to host a webinar to discuss the Zeebe 0.20.0 release–which, in case you haven’t heard, is our first production-ready release of Zeebe. Did we mention we’re excited?

The webinar recording is available online: https://camunda.com/learn/webinars/zeebe-mid-year-update-july-2019/

As are the slides (which you can download as a PDF): https://www.slideshare.net/ZeebeHQ/zeebe-0200-release-webinar-july-22-2019

And so is Josh’s GitHub repo with the e-commerce demo he shared in the webinar: https://github.com/jwulf/zeebe-ecommerce-demo

Here’s a quick review of what we covered.

Zeebe 0.20.0 Release Details

(Topic begins at 2:53)

In this section, we discussed:

  • How we defined “production ready” for the Zeebe 0.20.0 release
  • Why we decided on 0.20.0 instead of 1.0
  • The new Zeebe Community License and what it means to users

This section was mostly review from last week’s release announcement itself.

What is Zeebe? (And An Awesome New Demo)

(Topic begins at 11:05)

Josh spent a couple of minutes describing what Zeebe is and what it’s capable of, then he shared a newly-created demo.

If you’re just getting started with Zeebe or microservices orchestration, we recommend watching this section–the demo offers a detailed, step-by-step walkthrough of how to apply Zeebe to an example use case.

The demo touched on modeling:

Modeling in Zeebe

Creating workflow instances and completing jobs via the Node.js client:

Creating and completing workflow instances in Zeebe

And even resolving incidents in Operate:

Resolving the heck out of incidents in Operate

Zeebe Under The Hood

(Topic begins at 33:05)

Daniel spent about 15 minutes discussing Zeebe internals, including:

  • How Zeebe was built with cloud-native architectures in mind
  • Key Zeebe components (broker, gateway, clients, exporters) and how they work together
  • Different options for connecting Zeebe to microservices (embedding clients, connectors for REST or serverless, Kafka and message queues, etc.)
  • How Zeebe stores workflow state and provides fault tolerance without a relational database

If you’ve ever wondered how exactly Zeebe does what it does, and you want to hear it directly from the person who wrote the first lines of Zeebe code, then these are the slides for you.

Daniel dives into Zeebe internals

Community Contributions

(Topic begins at 48:25)

Josh highlighted a couple of recent community contributions to Zeebe:

A big thanks to Olivier and Mackenize!

If you’re interested in contributing to Zeebe, or if you have questions for us, please feel free to get in touch.

What’s Next for Zeebe?

(Topic begins at 50:58)

Daniel wrapped things up with a look at:

Thanks to all of you who attended the webinar, and we’ll be back with another one soon!

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