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[ANNOUNCE] Weekly community update #51

Dear community,

this is the weekly community update thread #51. Please post any news and updates you want to share with the community to this thread.

# Flink Forward China is happening

This week the Flink community meets in Beijing for the first Flink Forward China which takes place from the 20th to the 21st of December. Find out more about the given talks and training sessions on the website [0].

# Release voting for 1.5.6, 1.6.3 and 1.7.1

The community is currently voting on three bug fix releases Flink 1.5.6, 1.6.3 and 1.7.1 [1, 2, 3]. Please help the community by trying out the release candidates.

# Flink SQL DDL design

The Flink SQL DDL design discussion is currently converging and the community tries to define the scope of the MVP [4]. Join the discussion to learn where the journey is headed to.

# Improving Flink's Kerberos integration

Rong started a discussion on how Flink's Kerberos integration could be improved to better meet enterprise requirements [5]. If you want to share your experiences and voice your opinion what should be supported by Flink wrt Kerberos please join this discussion.

# Python and non-JVM language support in Flink

Xianda started a discussion on Flink's support of non-JVM languages in particular Python [6]. The discussion revolves around three different strategies: (1) Language portability via Apache Beam; (2) Implement own Python API; (3) Implement own portability layer. Please chime in if you want to make your opinion heard.