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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)


The SpringWebFlux framework also provides a non-blocking, asynchronous HTTP client for making requests. WebClient offers APIs that can be configured with Java 8 lambdas, for processing data. At the backend, the WebClient API configures Netty to perform the asynchronous, non-blocking communication. Now, let's look at how we can use WebClient in our applications.

WebClient offers the following two methods for consuming data:

  • Retrieve: This is the simplest method, which decodes the body into a Flux or Mono.
  • Exchange: If we are interested in the response received, the exchange method is suited for this purpose. It provides the complete message, which can be converted back to a target type. Consider the following code for this:
public void readFibonacciNumbers() {
WebClient client = WebClient.create("http://localhost:8080");
Flux<Long> result = client...