Effective Akka

Effective Akka

by Jamie Allen

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Overview

Avoid common mistakes when building distributed, asynchronous, high-performance software with the Akka toolkit and runtime. With this concise guide, author Jamie Allen provides a collection of best practices based on several years of using the actor model. The book also includes examples of actor application types and two primary patterns of actor usage, the Extra Pattern and Cameo Pattern.

Allen, the Director of Consulting for Typesafe—creator of Akka and the Scala programming language—examines actors with a banking-service use case throughout the book, using examples shown in Akka and Scala. If you have any experience with Akka, this guide is essential.

  • Delve into domain-driven and work-distribution actor applications
  • Understand why it’s important to have actors do only one job
  • Avoid thread blocking by allowing logic to be delegated to a Future
  • Model interactions as simply as possible to avoid premature optimization
  • Create well-defined interactions, and know exactly what failures can occur
  • Learn why you should never treat actors as you would an ordinary class
  • Keep track of what goes on in production by monitoring everything
  • Tune Akka applications with the Typesafe Console

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781449360078
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/29/2013
Pages: 74
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Jamie Allen is the Director of Consulting for Typesafe, the company that makes the Scala programming language, the Akka toolkit and Play Framework. Jamie has been building actor-based systems with Scala since 2009. Jamie lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Yeon, and three children.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Actor Application Types
  • Chapter 2: Patterns of Actor Usage
  • Chapter 3: Best Practices
  • Colophon

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