Going Reactive in Java with Typesafe Reactive Platform

Inspired by the introduction of functional features in Java 8, namely lambdas, it's even easier than before for Java developers to embrace tools designed for building distributed systems that deliver highly-responsive user experiences. Regardless of whether you code in Java or Scala, Typesafe Reactive Platform, including Play and Akka, provides a resilient and message-driven application stack that scales effortlessly on multicore and cloud computing architectures.

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@jroper
March 8, 2015

Play 2.4 - A sneak peek

The Play team has been hard at work on Play 2.4 for almost a year now.  With a release scheduled for Q2, we’re coming to the final stages, about to release the last milestone, and looking toward the RC phase of the project.  The headline feature ofPlay 2.4 is dependency injection support from the core.  This is part of a larger plan to eventually remove Play’s reliance on global state (the “current” application), allowing more flexible deployment and simpler testing of Play applications.

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Case Study: Nitro Moves Desktop Apps to the Cloud with Typesafe Reactive Platform

Our newest case study is with Nitro, a company whose software make it easy to create, edit, share, sign and collaborate with documents—online or offline. In our recent interview, Nitro's VP of Technology, Tihomir Bajic, outlines the importance of Play, Akka and Scala to the company’s product delivery evolution during their recent years of explosive growth. Back in 2011, Nitro had millions of users and a massive code base of C++ for desktop apps for document processing and workflows. Nitro’s desktop products were supported by .NET.

 

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Hootsuite Success Story: How Hootsuite Modernized Its URL Shortener

Today we are excited to share a new case study with our friends at Hootsuite, a widely used social media relationship platform. This specific use case focuses on Ow.ly, Hootsuite’s popular URL shortening and click analytics service. Essentially, the tool became so popular and such a critical part of the Hootsuite product, that the the engineering team found themselves dedicating much more time and cost into keeping the service performant and reliable than they expected.

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Typesafe Activator, What *is* it? (and why should I care?)

A curious thing. At training events, hackathons and any chance I get I have started asking people what they think of Activator. There are a range of different answers, usually followed by questions once the subject has been broached.

The questions are varied, but over a large enough sample size, surprisingly consistent. It seems that Activator is a fairly misunderstood tool, and it’s not just me who noticed. This blog post will attempt to address those frequently asked questions and even if it doesn’t convince you that Activator is your new best friend, at least you might consider keeping it in your toolbox.

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Case Study: Why PredictionIO Loved Using Play to Build its Popular Machine Learning Server

We're really excited to share the work we've been doing with the team at PredictionIO, a popular open source Machine Learning server that developers use to create “predictive” features in web and mobile applications. Showcased as one of the featured machine learning products on GitHub, PredictionIO 
powers hundreds of applications for its community of more than 5,000 developers. That’s pretty amazing adoption for a product that’s less than two years old.

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Webinar Series: Deep Dive into the Typesafe Reactive Platform

Are you interested in getting started with the Typesafe Reactive Platform but don’t know where to begin? Have you heard about Akka and Play Framework, but don’t know if either is right for your application needs? Join us for this three-part webinar series all about Activator, Play, Akka, and our surrounding ecosystem to better understand how all the pieces work together and start building reactive apps with confidence!

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New White Paper: Overview of Typesafe Reactive Platform

Today we’ve published a short white paper (actually it’s blue…), Introducing the Typesafe Reactive Platform. It offers a guide to Typesafe, a map of our ecosystem and additional resources for education and exploration. The aim of the white paper is to familiarize developers, enterprise architects, dev managers, CTOs, and others with Typesafe technologies and how they are used to build Reactive apps.

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Play All Day Webinar Series

Join us for Play Day, our first ever virtual conference on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014. We’re hosting a full day of webinars all about the Play Framework! Speakers from the Typesafe Play team, Huffington Post, Angie’s List, Gilt and more will share their experiences with Play.

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Typesafe Activator - An Update and Roadmap Preview

We've recently had some questions about Typesafe Activator and how it relates to other projects on the Typesafe Platform, such as Scala, Akka, Play Framework, and sbt. The tool has evolved a lot since we launched it over a year ago, both in use cases and features, and we're continually working on improvements to make it the best way to get started with our technology.

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Retail is Going Reactive!

Today we're excited to announce two new customer success stories, Tomax and Walmart Canada! Both cases support the traction reactive programming has made in the retail and ecommerce space, particularly when paired with Gilt's case study, which we published several months ago. Below is a quick summary of the accounts, we encourage you to read all three case studies to see how Typesafe's technologies are powering a new wave of retail apps!

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Go Reactive with Java 8

We are very excited about the release of Java 8!  The new Lambda syntax makes it much easier for Java developers to go Reactive. The foundation of Reactive is Event-Driven. To be Event Driven you need an easy way to create and spawn up small independent tasks in an asynchronous fashion. Lambdas gives us exactly this, avoiding the usual anonymous inner classes that make code hard to comprehend. Combining Lambdas with Akka and Play Framework create a concise and cohesive programming model for Reactive applications on the JVM.

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@typesafe
February 12, 2014

Introducing Typesafe Shop!

We launched a store, featuring sweet new designs for Scala, Akka, Play Framework and Activator!  Order swag for meetups, buy gifts for team members, or just show off your Reactive style by wearing a customized shirt or hoodie. We’ll be adding more items periodically, so check back in for new gear. 

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Huffington Post Case Study: Building a Solid Platform with Typesafe

We're excited to share a new case study that chronicles how the Huffington Post, a leading online news source, built a new integrated platform to propel them through the next stage of their skyrocketing growth with the Typesafe Reactive Platform. Adam Denenberg, Huffington Post’s VP of Engineering, wanted to prepare for the next wave of users who create thousands of hours of video, billions of Likes, and millions of tweets each day. 

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Coursera Case Study: Accessible Online Education with Typesafe

A big thanks to the folks at Coursera for telling their success story in our newest case study, "Making online education accessible with Typesafe." Coursera's popular online education service delivers high quality classes directly to users desktops, and turned the company into an overnight success. Delivering any service in a scalable, seamless manner however, is hard to do without the right tools. Coursera decided to utilize the Typesafe Reactive Platform to handle the massive scale and concurrency issues they faced. 

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Typesafe Helps Improve Development Velocity at Janrain

Hot off the presses, our newest case study with the team at JanrainThomas Lockney, software engineer at Janrain, talks about how the Typesafe Reactive Platform helps scale Janrain's User Management Platform. The study outlines how Janrain selected Scala for two standard “stacks” that Thomas' team utilizes: Akka with Spray for Web Services, and Play Web Framework for user interface development. 

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@_JamesWard
December 4, 2013

Everyone Wants to Play!

Play Framework has grown in leaps and bounds in 2013!  Not only has Play seen wide adoption in internet and social companies like LinkedIn, Klout, Gilt Groupe and Gawker Media, but recently more and more traditional enterprise shops are turning to the framework for its focus on developer productivity, reactive & modern web apps, and its usability with Scala and Java.

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@ScalaIDE
November 5, 2013

Scala IDE 4.0-M1

We are happy to announce the first milestone for Scala IDE 4.0.0! This is the first step towards the Lithium release, and sets the stage for future improvements in the API for plugin writers.

 

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Auvik Networks simplifies computer networking

Our newest case study outlines how Auvik Networks is using the Typesafe Platform to build a radically simple, cloud-managed network automation platform to alleviate pains of computer networking. In the network world, managing an enterprise network can be complex and full of headaches and there are lots of technologies at play – VLAN’s, routes, dynamic routes, ACL’s, etc. Expecting an IT professional to develop a massively distributed system that encompasses hundreds of different nodes with numerous criteria to write all the business logic is an extremely challenging proposition.

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Gawker Turns to Typesafe for Extreme Scale

After Gawker Media made the move to consolidate a previously fragmented infrastructure under a JVM based umbrella, they selected the Typesafe Platform as a natural choice to help manage their extreme scalability requirements. Gawker experiences over 80 million unique page visitors monthly, produces eight original brands with a collective audience of tens of millions of US readers, and has a development team split between the US and Europe- needless to say scale and a robust platform are necessities to help manage growth!

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47 Degrees Adopts the Typesafe Platform

47 Degrees is a software development and creative agency focused on the development of native mobile apps and highly scalable back-ends and API’s. In order to meet the unpredictable scaling requirements of their diverse client base, the company decided to switch from Java back-ends based on Spring, to Scala and the Typesfe Platform. The initial choice to adopt Scala was simle for 47 Degrees- being a Java shop, the team knew Scala could allow them to leverage and reuse many of their existing Java libraries and make a gradual migration of their current code bases while boosting developer productivity.

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Tapad Turns to the Lightbend Platform

In an effort to deliver a robust system that would enable marketers and advertisers to consistently reach consumers across multiple devices, Tapad selected the Lightbend Platform to accomplish this monumental task. Tapad has proven to be a leader in cross-screen advertising technology, adddressing the new and ever-evolving reality of media consumption on smartphones, tablets and home computers.

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Cake Solutions Embraces Typesafe Platform

Cake Solutions, an enterprise software solutions provider that architects and implements modern software for organizations, is on the Scala track! Cake aims to be well ahead of the technology curve by constantly evaluating the marketplace for products worthy of inclusion in their portfolio. This method offers Cake Solutions’ clients the very latest technology and equips their businesses with a technical competitive edge. The Typesafe Platform is a perfect example of a modern tool that Cake Solutions implements and uses to offer clients these advantages.


 

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Production Monitoring for Play Framework with New Relic

Knowing in real-time how your web applications are performing and what the bottlenecks are is crucial. New Relic is a cloud service that does just that by instrumenting applications and feeding analytics to its rich visualization dashboard. Typesafe is very excited that New Relic has added support for Play Framework 2.x for Java and Scala apps!

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The Guardian Transforms Journalism with Typesafe

We all know the newspaper industry has been in a steady transition from print to digital since the web transformed the way readers consume and journalists share news. The Guardian is a UK-based newspaper that has been at the forefront of this transformation, changing from a print-based organization to one that is digital-first in philosophy and practice. Implementing this new strategy has involved a series of bold changes not only to the way they do things, but with the tools and software they used to accomplish these tasks.

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Welcome to the Lightbend Enterprise Suite


You are excited about Reactive applications. And you want to build, manage and monitor them easily and reliably in your environment.
We get it. So we built Lightbend Enterprise Suite to help you do that, and more, with a range of powerful Application Management, Intelligent Monitoring, Enterprise Integration and Advanced Tooling features.