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Reactive Revealed Part 2 of 3: Elasticity, Scalability and Location Transparency in Reactive systems

In Part 2 of 3 in our Reactive Revealed series, Typesafe deputy-CTO Viktor Klang looks at how organizations with Reactive systems (like Netflix, Twitter, LinkedIn, Walmart, Gilt, Huffington Post and many more) are able to adaptively scale in an elastic, infrastructure-efficient way, and how location transparency plays a role in distributed Reactive systems. This webinar takes a step far back from the deep technology and low-level protocols reviewed in Reactive Revealed Part 1 with Konrad Malawski, looking more at math, conceptual ideas and theory rather than code. 

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The 7 Ways to Wash Dishes and the Case for Message-driven Reactive Systems

Understanding Async, Non-Blocking, Concurrent, Parallel and More

I’ve been working for several years to try to find a meaningful way to describe the core concepts of building efficient, Reactive applications - being asynchronous and non-blocking while minimizing concurrency and supporting linear scalability by enhancing parallelism. That is a veritable soup of esoteric terms that are difficult to grasp for even the most experienced developers. Yet understanding them is critical to building truly Reactive applications.

In the past few months, I think I may have found a way to express these concepts more clearly. It also highlights some other interesting concepts, such as pipelining, batching, fork/join and Amdahl’s Law via an everyday metaphor. This kind of real-world analogy has always helped me understand concepts, and when I’ve run through this one with customers, they’ve found it to be helpful as well.

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Reactive Revealed 2015 Survey: How to Transform 5 minutes into a Donation to Devoxx4Kids

Wouldn't it be great to support good ol' primary research and Devoxx4Kids? You can do just that by completing Reactive Revealed 2015, a 5-minute (engineer verified) survey that asks about the relevance of the tools, architectures, practices and opinions related to Reactive application development to your project. By completing this anonymous, 20-question survey, you're not only sharing valuable experiences from which we can all learn from, but you're also supporting a strong cause for young geeks.

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The 7 Ways to Wash Dishes and the Case for Message-driven Reactive Systems

Understanding Async, Non-Blocking, Concurrent, Parallel and More

I’ve been working for several years to try to find a meaningful way to describe the core concepts of building efficient, Reactive applications - being asynchronous and non-blocking while minimizing concurrency and supporting linear scalability by enhancing parallelism. That is a veritable soup of esoteric terms that are difficult to grasp for even the most experienced developers. Yet understanding them is critical to building truly Reactive applications.

In the past few months, I think I may have found a way to express these concepts more clearly. It also highlights some other interesting concepts, such as pipelining, batching, fork/join and Amdahl’s Law via an everyday metaphor. This kind of real-world analogy has always helped me understand concepts, and when I’ve run through this one with customers, they’ve found it to be helpful as well.

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What does it take to become a Typesafe certified Systems Integration partner?

At Typesafe, we have already partnered with quite a few consulting firms to provide professional services to companies looking to Go Reactive. In doing so, we ask each of our partner candidates to put together a Typesafe Activator template that showcases their skills, capabilities and quality of work. However, that doesn't give us much visibility into the specific strengths each firm brings to the table. To help provide that visibility, we recently created a capabilities model for partners that reflects the many different aspects of our technologies...

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Reactive for DevOps: Part 1 - Using Amazon EC2, Ansible, Akka and ConductR to manage and deploy to the [hybrid] cloud

Ed Callahan, Senior Engineer at Typesafe, kicks off the series with a broad overview of Typesafe ConductR, a solution for managing Typesafe Reactive Platform-based applications using Play, Akka and Scala or Java across a cluster of machines. In this series, we’ll see how ConductR manages this new wave of message-driven, elastic, resilient and responsive applications while complementing existing configuration and management tools and developer workflow...

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12 Tips for Enterprise Adoption of Typesafe Reactive Platform with Play, Akka, sbt, Scala and Java

In April, 2013, we published a blog post about Enterprise Scala Adoption Tips, but the time has come for an update. Not only that, we need to focus on how to help enterprise organizations adopt Scala and also the Typesafe Reactive Platform in general. Many enterprises make the decision to leverage Akka and Play Framework from the Java API, which we fully support.

As more enterprise organizations adopt Scala/Akka/Play, we find it important to help them engage the community effectively. This involves providing them with information about where they can find resources to empower their developers to learn as much about these technologies as possible, as well as to directly engage with the community on a daily basis. By following these steps, the likelihood of successfully adopting these technologies is much higher.

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A Deeper Look at Reactive Streams with Akka Streams 1.0, Akka HTTP 1.0 and Slick 3.0

As we reviewed in our recent webinar with Roland Kuhn Reactive Streams 1.0.0 and Why You Should Care, the first version of the Reactive Streams specification is now live, and among other technologies from engineers at Netflix, Pivotal, Red Hat and Oracle, so are Typesafe's implementations of Akka Streams 1.0 and Slick 3.0. In this webinar, Typesafe engineer Endre Varga looks deeper into Reactive Streams and demonstrates Akka Streams 1.0, Akka HTTP 1.0 and Slick 3.0 for harnessing the power of streaming with back-pressure in your system.  

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Modernizing Your Aging Architecture: What Every Enterprise Architect Needs To Know About Going Reactive

If you're an Enterprise Architect, the idea of architecture modernization is probably on your mind a lot; with the explosion of Reactive applications now entering the mainstream, understanding the implications of "Going Reactive" is a good thing to look into. After all, what do you do when you need to react quickly to competitive threats or new line of business demands, but your existing architecture is anything but nimble? In this conversational-style webinar with Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, Michael Facemire, and Typesafe Enterprise Advocate, Kevin Webber, we go discuss some of the questions Architects are asking, such as...

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Reactive Streams 1.0.0 and Why You Should Care

In our most popular webinar to date with over 1500 registrants, Akka Team Lead and author Roland Kuhn presents the freshly released final specification for Reactive Streams 1.0.0 for the JVM. This work was done in collaboration with engineers representing Netflix, Red Hat, Pivotal, Oracle, Typesafe and others to define a standard for passing streams of data between threads in an asynchronous and non-blocking fashion. This is a common need in Reactive systems, in which the volume of streaming "live" data to process is not predetermined.

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What’s in a name?

My name is Mark Brewer and I’m the President and CEO of Typesafe. Today I have the privilege of sharing an exciting new project we are just beginning here at Typesafe: renaming the company.

Why now? In recent years, we’ve seen exponentially increasing interest in Typesafe technologies like Play, Akka, Slick and Apache Spark in production by developers and organizations programming in Java. While Scala continues to see such rapid adoption that it is now far bigger than Typesafe, we have recognized the demand for us to embrace more than the Scala ecosystem alone.

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The 3 pains Operations feels when deploying and managing Reactive applications

Responsive, resilient, elastic and message-driven applications are not longer being deployed just by a handful of early adopters like Netflix, Twitter, Google and Facebook. In the previous article Why managing Reactive systems is keeping your Operations team up at night, we reviewed how Reactive application development becoming mainstream is leading to demands on Operations that are simply not met by yesterday’s software architectures and technologies. 

Enterprises actively migrating or considering evolving parts of their systems towards microservice-based applications need a convenient way to deploy and manage everything. What’s needed is a system that is allowed to fail, isolating the issue gracefully without disrupting the user experience. As a reminder, Martin Fowler’s blog post shows us the differences in approach between Monoliths and Microservices...

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Why managing Reactive systems is keeping your Operations team up at night

While Reactive application development is off to a roaring start and becoming mainstream, this leads to demands on Operations that are simply not met by yesterday’s software architectures and technologies. The pressure facing enterprises to manage resilient, responsive systems is brutal, yet most existing technologies available today are not designed to deploy and manage Reactive systems running on clusters. It’s due to this fact that Operations face a higher risk of downtime by using inappropriate tools/practices at a time when being unavailable is more costly than ever. So why is this happening? Well, it's not 2005 anymore–and why that's a problem for Operations is explained here...

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React 2014 in SF: Speakers, Discount Tickets and more!

@typesafe
October 17, 2014
reactive

Get ready for a meeting of the most prolific minds at the heart of the Reactive community. On November 18th, Typesafers Jonas Boner, Roland Kuhn, Ryan Knight and Dean Wampler will join Martin Thompson, Ben Christensen and other luminaries for the second React Conf. React is a  mixture of talksspeaker clinics and workshops that offer a an articulate and coherent journey through the reactive stack, trait by trait, UI to database.

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Reactive Manifesto 2.0

@jboner
September 17, 2014
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A little over a year ago, a group of us published the Reactive Manifesto as a way to address new requirements in application development and provide a common vocabulary to discuss complex concepts. To date, the Manifesto has received over 6,813 signatures and has sparked what I consider to be a healthy debate in our community about what the principles for modern application infrastructure might be.

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Webinar Series: Deep Dive into the Typesafe Reactive Platform

Are you interested in getting started with the Typesafe Reactive Platform but don’t know where to begin? Have you heard about Akka and Play Framework, but don’t know if either is right for your application needs? Join us for this three-part webinar series all about Activator, Play, Akka, and our surrounding ecosystem to better understand how all the pieces work together and start building reactive apps with confidence!

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Akka Streams at Elder Research: Q&A with Simeon Fitch

At Typesafe, we’re incredibly excited about the work being done around the Reactive Streams and Akka Streams projects. The Akka team is addressing major challenges we’ve been seeing from developers working with streaming data, and they’re making major headway resolving back pressure issues.  

It’s always nice to hear about real-life implementations of these projects, so we’d like to share a recent interview with Simeon Fitch, Director of Software Architecture at Elder Research, Inc. Simeon used Akka Streams to handle I/O bottlenecks in his text processing engine. In our Q&A, Simeon outlines how he ported over his existing actor system to akka-streams, hurdles he encountered along the way, and, best of all, results!

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Akka HTTP Preview

@akkateam
June 27, 2014
Akka
Reactive

We are very happy and excited to release the first preview of Akka HTTP’s core module based on an updated preview of Akka Streams. It is the fruit of the collaboration between the Spray and Akka teams and aims to bring you fully reactive HTTP streams.

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Reactive Streams Webinar Q&A

Last week we hosted a webinar, Introducing Reactive Streams, with Roland Kuhn, Akka tech lead. Over 900 people registered for the event, and we had some really great questions submitted for the Q&A. Konrad Malawski, software engineer at Typesafe, responded to folks in real time, but we thought our readers might find some of the conversations interesting, so we’re sharing on our blog!

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Retail is Going Reactive!

Today we're excited to announce two new customer success stories, Tomax and Walmart Canada! Both cases support the traction reactive programming has made in the retail and ecommerce space, particularly when paired with Gilt's case study, which we published several months ago. Below is a quick summary of the accounts, we encourage you to read all three case studies to see how Typesafe's technologies are powering a new wave of retail apps!

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Typesafe announces Akka Streams, a part of the Reactive Streams Initiative

Today we are excited to reveal early preview releases of two major projects the Akka team has been involved in to improve data streaming on the JVM:  Akka Streams and Reactive Streams.

Reactive Streams is a collaboration between heavy hitters in the area of streaming data on the JVM and Akka Streams. The Akka implementation of the Reactive Streams specification effort is based on Actors as its mechanism for execution, distribution and resilience.

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Why Do We Need a Reactive Manifesto?

@jboner
July 22, 2013
Reactive

Last week a group of us released a document that I (Jonas Bonér) have been working on lately; The Reactive Manifesto. I wrote the first version and it has since then been enhanced through the contributions of various people and evolved into the blueprint for writing Reactive Applications that you can see today. Some of the early contributors and reviewers have been people like Erik Meijer, Martin Odersky, Greg Young, Martin Thompson, Roland Kuhn, James Ward and Guillaume Bort, and during the first week more than 500 people have signed the manifesto.

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