The following concepts are important for working with event sourcing with CQRS:
An aggregate is an entity or a group of entities in the domain that are treated as a single unit.
Events are things that happen in the domain. They are immutable facts that record how the domain changes over time.
A command is a request to change the system. When a command is executed, it is validated, and if accepted, one or more events are created.
A projection is a view of the current state of an aggregate or a sub-domain.
Projections are realized by applying the events from the beginning of time to get to the current state.
The aggregate state is itself a projection - this is generated and maintained by Simple Sourcing. For generating all other projections and aggregations, we recommend using Kafka Streams or KSQL.
- Event Sourcing and CQRS - a brief description of these concepts
- An In-Depth look Event Sourcing with CQRS - A very good introductory by Sebastian von Conrad video on combining Event Sourcing with CQRS
- Martin Fowler on Event Sourcing
- Confluent describing patterns for implementing Event Sourcing with Kafka
- Microsoft on the Event Sourcing pattern