I am currently working with Akka Stream Kafka to interact with kafka and I was wonderings what were the differences with Kafka Streams.
I know that the Akka based approach implements the reactive specifications and handles back-pressure, functionality that kafka streams seems to be lacking.
What would be the advantage of using kafka streams over akka streams kafka?
Your question is very general, so I'll give a general answer from my point of view.
First, I've got two usage scenario:
This already allows me to answer the part about back-pressure: for the 1st scenario above, there is a back-pressure mechanism in kafka streams.
Let's now only focus on the first scenario described above. Let's see what I would loose if I decided to stop using Kafka streams:
Those are the biggest differences that matter to me, I'm hoping that it makes sense to you!