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Akka Cookbook

By : Vivek Mishra, Héctor Veiga Ortiz
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Akka Cookbook

By: Vivek Mishra, Héctor Veiga Ortiz

Overview of this book

Akka is an open source toolkit that simplifies the construction of distributed and concurrent applications on the JVM. This book will teach you how to develop reactive applications in Scala using the Akka framework. This book will show you how to build concurrent, scalable, and reactive applications in Akka. You will see how to create high performance applications, extend applications, build microservices with Lagom, and more. We will explore Akka's actor model and show you how to incorporate concurrency into your applications. The book puts a special emphasis on performance improvement and how to make an application available for users. We also make a special mention of message routing and construction. By the end of this book, you will be able to create a high-performing Scala application using the Akka framework.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Title Page
About the Authors
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback

Using futures with actors

In this recipe, we will see how to use a future with an actor, and how to retrieve the result of a computation done by a future.

Getting ready

Just import the Hello-Akka project, and the other prerequisites are the same as earlier.

How to do it...

The following are the steps to use a future with an actor and to retrieve a result of the computation:

  1. Create a scala file, FutureWithActor.scala, in the com.packt.chapter4 package.
  2. Add the following imports to the top of the file:
        import{Actor, ActorSystem, Props} 
        import akka.pattern.ask 
        import akka.util.Timeout 
        import scala.concurrent.Await 
        import scala.concurrent.duration._ 
  1. Create an actor that calculates the sum of two integers and sends it back to the sender, as shown in the following code snippet:
        class ComputationActor extends Actor { 
          def receive = { 
            case (a: Int, b: Int) => sender ! (a + b) 
  1. Create the sample...