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Introduction to akka and spray

We are currently witnessing a global technology revolution in the IT industry. Computer science and solid engineering emerge as the foundations for the functional and non functional requirements of modern applications. Scala and the related technologies are a good example of conjunction between
applied computer science and tangible, real-world software development.

Many applications need to be:

- event-driven (reacting to events and propagating changes)

- scalable (reacting to growing amounts of load)

- resilient (managing failures and recovering from them)

- responsive (keeping low response times)

This summarizes the principles of a reactive application.

Mathias Doenitz will be with us to explain the abstraction behind distributed & reactive designs (akka / actor model), and then introduce spray, a toolkit for building REST/HTTP-based integration layers on top of the actor model.

Mathias is lead developer of spray, which has been acquired by Typesafe in 2013.

No prior experience with either akka or spray is required. However, even if you have already worked with akka (and potentially spray) the talk will give you some interesting perspectives. And of course there will be plenty of opportunity for questions and deeper informal discussions.

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  • Michel M.

    Good structured, informative talk, right from the "front". Thank you very much to the organizers!

    April 30, 2014

  • Luigi A.

    so many positive comments, good to hear :) thanks mathias and johannes for joining us, it was a pleasure! looking forward for the next meeting. suggestions are welcome.

    1 · April 30, 2014

  • Johannes R.

    Thanks for organizing and all of your feedback. It's always a pleasure to come to Zurich to meet you!

    April 30, 2014

  • Karl B.

    The talk was great and very informative...

    April 30, 2014

  • Mathias D.

    Thanks for the great discussions (and for sticking around that long! :)
    Also another big "thank you" to the organizers, this was a very enjoyable meetup at an amazing location!

    I've have now put up the charts, you can find them here:

    1 · April 30, 2014

  • dag

    Thanks for the talk and for taking the time to answer all questions. @all Not sure if this is the right place, but we're currently hiring (Experience with Scala/Akka/Spray is a big plus)

    April 30, 2014

  • Martin P

    I enjoyed the talk as well. Where can we access the slides?

    April 30, 2014

    • Gilles C.

      AFAIR future {­ }

      1 · April 30, 2014

  • Gilles C.

    Thank you Mathias for these huge TalkS!
    High 5 for the organization :)

    April 30, 2014

  • Oliver N.

    Very good talk and location. Thx for organizing the event!

    April 30, 2014

  • Andy

    Fantastic meetup – very interesting and rewarding talk by Mathias, great location, good beer and overall nice evening. Thank you by everybody involved!

    April 29, 2014

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