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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)

Scala anonymous functions

In previous sections, we defined a couple of Scala functions and came to know that each function has a meaningful name. Is it possible to define a function without a name? Yes, in Scala, we can define a function without a name.

An anonymous function is a function without a name. It is also known as a function literal. It works just like a normal function. Let's explore it with some examples now:

def add (a: Int, b: Int) = a + b 

The following diagram shows the syntax of a Scala anonymous function:

As we discussed with the add() function in the previous section, it is a normal Scala function.

We can write the same function as an anonymous function, as shown here:

scala> (a: Int, b: Int) => a + b 
res0: (Int, Int) => Int = <function2> 

Here, we have created an anonymous function of type Int, Int) => Int. It clearly explains what...