A Look Back At 2016's Most Popular Webinars

Last year, more than 18,000 people registered for over 25 public and private webinars featuring Lightbend engineers, industry luminaries, industry analysts and even a few Lightbend customers, such as Verizon (case study) and PayPal (case study). 

This comes out to over a full, 24-hour day of presentations, which can be a bit daunting to dive into. So, to make it easier, we've listed the top 10 most popular webinars that we hosted in 2016, according to our registration numbers. We hope you find this list helpful!


#1 - A New Trilogy: The Enterprise Architect's Intro to Microservices (3 part series)

PresentersJonas Bonér and Kevin Webber

Description: It's a different world, and when it comes to computing, everything from multi-core processors to the price of RAM and disk have changed remarkably compared to 10 years ago. As microservices-based architectures continue to rise against traditional monolithic systems, it's useful to take a look back to the past to understand how we got to where we are today with heritage applications, and the challenges they pose to productivity, agility, and performance. Based on the free O'Reilly book titled Reactive Microservices Architecture, by Jonas Bonér.

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#2 - Understanding Akka Streams, Back Pressure and Asynchronous Architectures

Presenter: Konrad Malawski

Description: In this talk by Akka Engineer, Konrad Malawski, we'll disambiguate what streams are and what they aren't, taking a deeper look into Akka Streams (the implementation) and Reactive Streams (the standard).

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#3 - Modernizing Infrastructures for Fast Data with Spark, Kafka, Cassandra, Reactive Platform and Mesos

Presenter: Dean Wampler

Description: In this presentation by Dean Wampler, Fast Data Architect at Lightbend, we review the evolution of data processing needs and the reasons behind the emergence of Fast Data technologies like Spark, Kafka, Cassandra, Mesos and Reactive Platform technologies such as Akka and Play Framework. 

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#4 - Akka and the Zen of Reactive System Design

Presenter: Konrad Malawski

Description: In this talk by Akka Engineer, Konrad Malawski, we bend your parameters with regards to application design and asynchronous execution models, uncovering a number of rules that serve as a guide in designing concurrent distributed applications, how those apply to Akka, and how they can help you in daily application development.

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#5 - The Basics Of Reactive System Design For Traditional Java Enterprises

Presenters: Sean Walsh and Duncan DeVore

Description: In this webinar aimed at Architects and Developers working with more traditional Java environments, Lightbend’s Sean Walsh and Duncan DeVore take us on a journey that goes beyond just asynchronous programming and into the very basics of designing Reactive systems as a whole.

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#6 - The 6 Rules for Modernizing Your Legacy Java Monolith with Microservices

Presenter: Kevin Webber

Description: In this webinar by Kevin Webber, we walk through the 6 key concepts to understand as a guide for migrating away from traditional monolithic systems that are tightly-coupled; all-in-one, all-or-nothing, difficult to scale, difficult to understand and difficult to maintain.

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#7 - Lessons Learned From PayPal: Implementing Back-Pressure With Akka Streams And Kafka

Presenter: Akara Sucharitakul (PayPal)

Description: In this talk for Architects and Dev Managers by special guest presenter Akara Sucharitakul, Principal MTS for Global Platform Frameworks at PayPal, we look at how back-pressure based on Akka Streams and Kafka is being used in PayPal's mission-critical production systems to handle very bursty workloads.

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#8 - Benefits Of The Actor Model For Cloud Computing: A Pragmatic Overview For Java Architects

Presenters: Jeffrey Hammond (Forrester Research) and Jonas Bonér

Description: In this webinar for Architects, guest speaker Jeffrey Hammond, Forrester Vice-President and Principal Analyst, joins Jonas Bonér, CTO/Co-founder of Lightbend and creator of Akka, the actor-based, message-driven runtime for the JVM, to discuss one emerging programming pattern that’s gaining popularity with teams developing for the cloud––the Actor model.

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#9 - Lessons Learned from Verizon: Implementing Microservices in go90 with Scala and Play Framework

Presenter: Christopher Webster (Verizon)

Description: In this special guest presentation by Christopher Webster, Associate Fellow at Verizon Communications, we look at how Verizon used Lightbend technologies to gain part of the fiercely competitive $40 billion US mobile content market with go90, a content platform was conceived to provide best-in-class streaming for primetime television, live music and sports.

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#10 - Distributed Systems Done Right: Why Java Enterprises Are Embracing The Actor Model

Presenter: Hugh McKee

Description: In this webinar by Lightbend's Hugh McKee, we look at how Actors behave and interact as humans do when it comes to communicating, and how these similar behavioral patterns provide basic intuition when designing Reactive systems. Based on the free O'Reilly book Designing Reactive Systems: The Role Of Actors In Distributed Architectureby Hugh McKee.

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