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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)

The Scala Async Library

So far, we have discussed one of the Scala's important Asynchronous Programming API, that is, the Scala Future API.

Scala has another API to support AP easily and very well, and that is the Scala Async API. Let's explore it in this section.

The Scala Async API does not add any extra features to the Scala Asynchronous Programming API. It is similar to the Scala Future API. However, it allows you to compose a set of Asynchronous computations in a simple and concise way.

The Scala Async library introduces two new methods—async and await.

It is available as a separate library in the Scala language. So we should add the following line to the SBT build file:

libraryDependencies += "org.scala-lang.modules" %% "scala-async" % "0.9.6" 

The main aim of this library is to simplify Scala asynchronous and non-blocking concurrency...