this is the weekly community update thread #49. Please post any news and updates you want to share with the community to this thread.
# Flink 1.7.0 has been released
The community has release Flink 1.7.0 .
# Flink intro slide set
Fabian has refined the slide set for an intro talk about Apache Flink .
# External shuffle service
The discussion about making Flink's shuffle service pluggable is accelerating . Please chime in if you have suggestions.
# Making flink-table Scala-free
Timo started a design discussion on how to make flink-table less dependent on Scala . See the corresponding Flip  for more information.
# Refactor source interface
The discussion about Flink's new source interface is very lively. Don't forget to follow the discussion if you don't want to be left behind .
# Call for presentations for Flink Forward San Francisco 2019 has been extended
The call for presentation for Flink Forward San Francisco 2019 has been extended to December 7, 11:59 PT. Even if there is not much time left, try to submit your proposal!
# Support interactive programming in Flink Table API
The discussion about interactive programming with Flink's Table API has been progressed . Take a look to stay up to date.
# Flink SQL DDL design
The Flink SQL DDL design is converging and it should not take much longer until the community can agree on a final design .