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Quasar and Akka – a Comparison

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The actor model is a design pattern for fault-tolerant and highly scalable systems. Actors are independent worker-modules that communicate with other actors only through message-passing, can fail in isolation from other actors but can monitor other actors for failure and take some recovery measures when that happens. Actors are simple, isolated yet coordinated, concurrent workers. Actor-based design brings many benefits:     ...

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The Bet With Typesafe That Got Me Into Building Akka

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Back to the drawing board: The lost lines of code on the road to Akka Streams, Akka HTTP and Akka Typed If you’ve ever been curious about how new core features are being developed and why your favorite technologies take on a certain path, you’ve reached the right place. In the new design decisions series on the Takipi blog you’ll ...

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Alternating between Spray-servlet and Spray-can

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On a server you may want to deploy your application as a war. How to build a war with spray-servlet. Locally it’s easiest to run without an application server. We include both the spray-servlet and spray-can dependencies: name := "sprayApiExample" version := "1.0" scalaVersion := "2.11.6" libraryDependencies ++= { val akkaV = "2.3.9" val sprayV = "1.3.3" Seq( "io.spray" %% ...

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Building a war with spray-servlet

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We will use spray-servlet to build a war file of our API. So we can run it in a java app server. I assume we already have a working REST API. We will need a web.xml, under src/main/webapp/WEB-INF/: <?xml version="1.0"?> <web-app> <listener> <listener-class>spray.servlet.Initializer</listener-class> </listener> <servlet> <servlet-name>SprayConnectorServlet</servlet-name> <servlet-class>spray.servlet.Servlet30ConnectorServlet</servlet-class> <async-supported>true</async-supported> </servlet> <servlet-mapping> <servlet-name>SprayConnectorServlet</servlet-name> <url-pattern>/*</url-pattern> </servlet-mapping> </web-app> We need an sbt plugin to ...

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Building a rest api with spray

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Building a rest api with akka and spray is easy. This is how I did it: SprayApiApp:                   import akka.actor.{ActorSystem, Props} import akka.io.IO import akka.pattern.ask import akka.util.Timeout import spray.can.Http import scala.concurrent.duration._ object SprayApiApp extends App { //we need an ActorSystem to host our application in implicit val system = ActorSystem("SprayApiApp") //create apiActor ...

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A reactive and performant Spray + Akka solution to “Playing with concurrency and performance in Java and Node.js”

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In my previous post I examined a fictitious trading engine and compared a Java based blocking solution to a Node.js based non-blocking solution. At the end of the post I wrote that: I suspect that following the recent success of Node.js, more and more asynchronous Java libraries will start to appear. Well such libraries already exist, for example: Akka, Spray, ...

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ReactiveMongo with Akka, Scala and websockets

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I was looking for a simple websocket server for one of my projects to test some stuff with reactive mongo. When looking around, though, I couldn’t really find a simple basic implementation without including a complete framework. Finally I stumbled upon one of Typesage activtor projects: http://typesafe.com/activator/template/akka-spray-websocket. Even though the name implies that spray is required, it actually uses websocket ...

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Use reactive streams API to combine akka-streams with rxJava

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Just a quick article this time, since I’m still experimenting with this stuff. There is a lot of talk around reactive programming. In Java 8 we’ve got the Stream API, we got rxJava we got ratpack and Akka has got akka-streams. The main issue with these implementations is that they aren’t compatible. You can’t connect the subscriber of one implementation ...

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Akka Notes – Actor Supervision – 8

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Failures are more like a feature among distributed systems. And with Akka’s let it crash fault tolerance model, you could achieve a clear separation between your business logic and your failure handling logic (supervision logic). All with very little effort. It’s pretty amazing. This is the topic of our discussion now. Actor Supervision Imagine a method call stack and the ...

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