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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)

Functions are first-class citizens

In Scala, functions are first-class citizens because we can do the following things with them:

  • We can use functions as values or like normal variables; we can replace a variable or value with a function
  • We can assign a function literal to a variable
  • We can pass one or more functions as another function's parameters
  • We can return a function from another function

We will discuss the last two points in the Scala Higher-Order Functions section. Let's discuss the first two points here.

We can use a function like a normal value or variable, as shown here:

scala> def doubleIt(x: Int) = x * x 
doubleIt: (x: Int)Int 
scala> def addOne(x: Int) = x + 1 
addOne: (x: Int)Int 
scala> val result = 10 + doubleIt(20) + addOne(49) 
result: Int = 460 

We can assign an anonymous function to a variable, as shown in the following code snippet...