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Hands-On Reactive Programming with Reactor

By : Rahul Sharma
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Hands-On Reactive Programming with Reactor

By: Rahul Sharma

Overview of this book

Reactor is an implementation of the Java 9 Reactive Streams specification, an API for asynchronous data processing. This specification is based on a reactive programming paradigm, enabling developers to build enterprise-grade, robust applications with reduced complexity and in less time. Hands-On Reactive Programming with Reactor shows you how Reactor works, as well as how to use it to develop reactive applications in Java. The book begins with the fundamentals of Reactor and the role it plays in building effective applications. You will learn how to build fully non-blocking applications and will later be guided by the Publisher and Subscriber APIs. You will gain an understanding how to use two reactive composable APIs, Flux and Mono, which are used extensively to implement Reactive Extensions. All of these components are combined using various operations to build a complete solution. In addition to this, you will get to grips with the Flow API and understand backpressure in order to control overruns. You will also study the use of Spring WebFlux, an extension of the Reactor framework for building microservices. By the end of the book, you will have gained enough confidence to build reactive and scalable microservices.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)

Chapter 1: Getting Started with Reactive Streams

  1. What are the principles of the Reactive Manifesto?

The Reactive Manifesto defines the following principles:

  • Message-Driven: All application components should be loosely coupled and communicate using messages
  • Responsive: An application must respond to user input in a timely manner
  • Resilient: An application must isolate failures to individual components
  • Scalable: An application must react to changes in workload
  1. What are Reactive Extensions?

Reactive Extensions are libraries in imperative languages that enables us to write asynchronous, event-driven reactive applications. The libraries enable us to express asynchronous events as a set of observables. This enables us to build application components that can receive and process these async events. On the other hand, there are also event producers, which push these events.

  1. What...