Reactive Streams & Akka: A great new way to handle streaming data


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Reactive Streams & Akka

A great new way to handle streaming data


Lutz Hühnken & Markus Jura

Reactive streams - ( - is an initiative to provide a standard for asynchronous stream processing with non-blocking back pressure on the JVM. It is a collaborative effort by Twitter, Netflix, Pivotal, Red Hat, Typesafe and others.

In this session, we want to talk about streams in general, the main concepts behind the reactive streams API, and how to handle streams with Akka ( ). After an introductory talk we are going to go through some code examples using Akka streams, an implementation of reactive streams on top of the Akka actor library. We will look into interfacing streams and actors, and handling streams with Akka's Flows.

It will we an entry level session for people interested in stream processing. Previous knowledge of Scala and/or Akka may be beneficial, but is not necessary.

Lutz Hühnken is a Trainer and Consultant at Typesafe. He has worked in professional software development since 1997, and has successfully deployed major web applications for clients in different fields (retail, logistics, hospitality, finance). After 15 years of Java development, Lutz has made the switch to Scala in 2012 and has made it his ongoing task to help others to do the same.

Markus Jura is working as a trainer and consultant for Typesafe. He has been a Play and Scala enthusiast ever since he jumped on these technologies in 2011. Markus combines more than seven years of professional experience working as a Technical Consultant for large enterprise companies, together with being the co-founder & CTO of the startup testmunk. He is located in Hamburg and tweets as @markusjura.

We will, as always, also be heading to the Slaughtered Lamb ( pub afterwards.


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