A torn, yellowish piece of paper, on it a minimalist ink drawing of a person sitting in a chair. His hands are crossed on a table in front of him, and his head leaning on those, in an apparent frustration.

👋🏼 I'm Shay Elkin

My name is pronounced like the English word shy, and I use he/him pronouns.

I am a software engineer at Confluent, where I work on Kora, the cloud-native version of Apache Kafka.

Some years ago, working for a different employer, I was on a team tasked with rewriting a math app to utilize a new framework.

That new framework was codenamed Glass, and we followed that theme and gave the app itself the codename Crystal, or Crystal Math in full.

Being far from ready, the Crystal app couldn't be run by itself just yet, so we wrote a tool to run the parts of the app that were ready, and called that tool Lines.

Our team was very productive, with everybody crackin' hard doing Lines of Crystal Math.

Or at least we did that until management found out, and insisted we'd find some less exciting codenames.


You can also find me online on Bluesky, Instagram and LinkedIn. And you should message me on Signal.


כפי שאני נאלץ לעשות מדי פעם, אני מבקש להזכיר כי אין ביני ובין ח״כ זאב אלקין דבר פרט לשם המשפחה הזהה, שאין מקורו בקרבה משפחתית.

אני מחזיק שעליו לשנות את שם משפחתו, כיוון שמעשיו אינם מוסיפים דבר למוניטין הטוב שיצא לשם אלקין, אלא להפך.

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