Apama and StreamBase unearth meaning in disjointed data streams
Competing ESP solutions help you navigate rushing rivers of information
StreamBase Studio modeler defines schemas on streams and visually connects components into flows with filters, data maps, and stream routing. Managing variables and data queries proved easy in my testing, and storage tables were a snap to set up and access.
StreamBase showed good visual cues and component insight (ports and I/O data). Real-time data-type matching improved usability by quickly detecting potential errors.
The new StreamSQL editor allowed me to create modules by hand with productivity-boosting features such as code assist and parameter hinting. Although I’d prefer to see auto-completion rather than user-initiated pop-ups, the result assists developers in learning StreamSQL. StreamBase provides a conversion utility for translating flow-based apps to editable StreamSQL, but a better one-to-one relationship between apps and underlying code would iron out some of the compatibility creases moving between the two.
Part of the Apama suite of tools, Event Modeler Professional Edition includes Scenario Manager, a rules-based IDE and graphical state mapper that ties states and transitions to conditions and actions within rule definitions.
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In its favor, Apama’s approach does ensure valid rule creation, and its state/rule sync between development panels enhanced navigation.
Both vendors showed solid features for aggregating data sets, managing time windows, filtering, and modifying event payloads in flight.
Although both offer good access to finance and statistical functions, I found StreamBase to deliver better all-around string and date manipulation features. StreamBase also has a useful function for exception catching, so division by zero, for example, won’t crash your engine.
Apama’s Dashboard Wizard jump-starts JSP client interfaces, although it can only deliver and update text tables. For graphical heads-up, you’ll want to use the full Dashboard Studio, a separate IDE for data binding the included collections of widgets: charts (many stock-specific), tables, graphs, and meters.
Apama’s incomplete documentation and lack of help facilities disappointed me, in stark contrast to StreamBase’s abundant reference materials and tutorials. For my money, I want my team going in with more support than the generic, PDF overviews provided with Apama.
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