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Scala Reactive Programming

By : Rambabu Posa
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Scala Reactive Programming

By: Rambabu Posa

Overview of this book

Reactive programming is a scalable, fast way to build applications, and one that helps us write code that is concise, clear, and readable. It can be used for many purposes such as GUIs, robotics, music, and others, and is central to many concurrent systems. This book will be your guide to getting started with Reactive programming in Scala. You will begin with the fundamental concepts of Reactive programming and gradually move on to working with asynchronous data streams. You will then start building an application using Akka Actors and extend it using the Play framework. You will also learn about reactive stream specifications, event sourcing techniques, and different methods to integrate Akka Streams into the Play Framework. This book will also take you one step forward by showing you the advantages of the Lagom framework while working with reactive microservices. You will also learn to scale applications using multi-node clusters and test, secure, and deploy your microservices to the cloud. By the end of the book, you will have gained the knowledge to build robust and distributed systems with Scala and Akka.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)

Unit testing frameworks

We have many unit testing frameworks to test Play, Scala, and Akka-based applications. We can use the following frameworks:

  • Spec2
  • ScalaTest
  • ScalaTest plus
  • ScalaCheck
  • ScalaMock
  • Mokito
  • Akka Toolkit's testing modules

In this chapter, we will use mainly ScalaTest, and its related frameworks to test our applications, and also Akka Toolkit's testing modules.


ScalaTest is one of the popular unit testing frameworks for Scala-based projects. It is an open source, free software released under the Apache 2.0 license, developed by Bill Venners and Artima. It also supports the unit testing of Java-based applications.

It supports multiple testing styles, such as WordSpec, FlatSpec, FreeSpec...