Why Reactive?

Foundational Principles for Enterprise Adoption

Why Reactive?

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It’s often difficult to separate hype from reality when it comes to evaluating new technologies, and that’s certainly true of reactive programming. In this report, author Konrad Malawski analyzes reactive principles, and explains how and when it makes sense to adopt this relatively new programming paradigm for systems design.

Many ideas behind the reactive paradigm aren’t new, such as the actor-based programming model, but with recent trends in cloud computing, mobile app development, and the rise of the IoT sector, reactive is taking off in mainstream enterprise software development. This report takes you on a deep dive into the technical aspects of reactive and explores areas where this architecture can be a good fit for your organization.

You’ll explore:

  • Reactive on the application level: apply reactive principles within a single application, and understand its impact on resource utilization
  • Reactive on the system level: examine the architectural and organizational impact of distributed reactive applications
  • Building blocks of reactive systems: learn about several tools that will facilitate your move toward reactive programming

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Konrad Malawski

Konrad Malawski

Konrad Malawski is a core developer at Lightbend working on Akka, a distributed systems toolkit for the JVM. He is currently responsible for the Akka HTTP module, has contributed large parts of Akka Persistence and remains active in the Core modules of Akka as well. He is a leading contributor to the current Reactive Streams TCK, and maintains various other open source projects. He has founded and helps run multiple user groups including the international GeeCON conference (with it's multiple Polish, and Czech editions). When he's not coding, Konrad spreads the joy of computer science by organizing a white paper reading club, where people of all skill levels are invited to discuss and debate actual computer science topics and papers. He was named a JavaOne RockStar in 2015.