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Play Framework essentials

By : Julien Richard-Foy
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Play Framework essentials

By: Julien Richard-Foy

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (14 chapters)
Play Framework Essentials
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Chapter 5. Reactively Handling Long-running Requests

I mentioned in the first chapter that the code called by controllers must be thread-safe. We also noticed that the result of calling an action has type Future[Result] rather than just Result. This chapter explains these subtleties and gives answers to questions such as "How are concurrent requests processed by Play applications?"

More precisely, this chapter presents the challenges of stream processing and the way the Play framework solves them. You will learn how to consume, produce, and transform data streams in a non-blocking way using the Iteratee library. Then, you will leverage these skills to stream results and push real-time notifications to your clients. By the end of the chapter, you will be able to do the following:

  • Produce, consume, and transform streams of data

  • Process a large request body chunk by chunk

  • Serve HTTP chunked responses

  • Push real-time notifications using WebSockets or server-sent events

  • Manage the execution context...