Gareth Dwyer

12/30/2020, 3:54 PM
Hey all, I'm Gareth - Founder of, a technical publishing company. We produce books, blog posts, technical documentation etc with a focus on machine learning, devops and software engineering. I'm writing some articles that discuss Prefect so would love to discuss some things here as I don't have a ton of first hand experience with it. Specifically regarding the "why not airflow" article and whether Airflow 2.0 adequately addresses any of the concerns about Airflow raised there. Specifically I'd like to add prefect to our article here
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12/30/2020, 4:45 PM
Hey @Gareth Dwyer, welcome to the community!
This is the place to ask questions and learn more about Prefect! Let us know how we can help 😄

Chris White

12/30/2020, 6:05 PM
Hi @Gareth Dwyer! The short and sweet is that while Airflow 2.0 did introduce some performance improvements and nice API enhancements (which may look surprisingly familiar to Prefect users haha), the thrust of the original “Why Not Airflow” post was about core architectural constraints, none of which were addressed or modified for 2.0.  As such, we don’t see any new use cases that Airflow 2.0 can handle that Airflow 1.0 couldn’t, but I’m sure the enhancements were nice for already existing Airflow users. (And to be honest, I get the sense that “2.0" was used more for marketing purposes than to signify features worthy of such a version bump). I’ll DM you with my contact info if you’d like to dig deeper / go point-by-point or anything - I’m definitely happy to help you in whatever way makes sense!

Gareth Dwyer

12/31/2020, 7:14 AM
@Chris White - amazing - exactly the info I was looking for 😄 - would love to chat more too. Thank you!