Scaling Microservices at Gilt with Scala, Docker and AWS

by Daniel Bryant on  Apr 26, 2015 1

At Craft Conference 2015, Adrian Trenaman discussed the evolution of the architecture from a monolithic Ruby on Rails application to a cloud-based microservice ‘lots of small applications’ platform utilising Scala, Docker and AWS. Trenaman shared both technical and organisational lessons learnt from the past eight years, as Gilt has grown from a startup to a $1B company.

Maven Escapes from XML

by Alex Blewitt on  Mar 20, 2015 23

The recently released Maven 3.3.1 adds support for core extensions to be added to a project through additional metadata as well as using alternatives to the eponymous pom.xml file for building. This has been used to create build scripts for JRuby that build upon Maven but use a JRuby script to represent dependencies and plugins.

Typesafe survey: Java 8 Adoption Strong, Users Anxious for Java 9

by Simon Maple on  Dec 08, 2014 2

InfoQ reviews the results of the recent Typesafe survey of Java developers, focusing on the adoption of Java 8, and talks to Typesafe co-founder Jonas Bonér about the impact on Scala adoption for Java developers.

Emerging Languages: A Look at The Last Five Years

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 02, 2014 7

In a recent article, Alex Payne, organizer of the Emerging Languages Camp, provides insight on how the language landscape has changed in the last five years and how it might change in future. InfoQ has talked with him.

Scala Compiler Sees Two Forks in One Week

by Benjamin Darfler on  Sep 16, 2014 2

A week after floating the idea of a community sponsored fork of Scala, Miles Sabin, principal engineer of the shapeless library and active member of Typelevel, announced a fork of the Scala compiler on the Typelevel blog. Three days later, Paul Phillips, a Typesafe co-founder who left the company in 2013, announced his own Scala compiler fork.

The Future of Scala

by Matt Raible on  Aug 27, 2014 1

The Scala Team recently published a "Scala: Next Steps" article describing the future of the language, and detailing the features of the next three major Scala releases and main goals: to make the language and its libraries simpler to understand, more robust, and better performing.

Experiences Building a Reactive Event-Driven CQRS Application

by Jan Stenberg on  Aug 01, 2014

CQRS and Event Sourcing provide a clear and concise way to build distributed applications that adhere to the reactive manifesto, Duncan DeVore claimed in a recent presentation sharing his experiences building a distributed application using Akka and Scala.

Play 2.3 Released: Modularization, Java 8 and WebJars

by Mirko Stocker on  May 31, 2014

The Play 2.3 release increases modularization of the framework by separating parts from the framework. Also, the Play shell has been replaced by Activator, which includes a browser UI and project templates. InfoQ also talked to Play tech lead James Roper to learn more about the changes and futures plans.

Scala 2.11: The Latest Major Scala Release

by Bienvenido David on  May 06, 2014

Typesafe has recently announced the release of Scala 2.11 under the standard 3-clause BSD license. This is a major release which includes improvements in scalac, the REPL, packaging/modularization, macros, the Collections library, and various bug fixes. Scala 2.11 targets Java 6, with only limited, experimental support for Java 8. Scala 2.11 is not binary compatible with the 2.10 series.

Reactive Streams with Akka Streams

by Bienvenido David on  Apr 21, 2014

Typesafe has announced the early preview of Akka Streams, an open source implementation of the Reactive Streams draft specification using an Actor-based implementation. Reactive Streams is an initiative to provide a standard for asynchronous stream processing with non-blocking back pressure on the JVM. Back pressure in needed to make sure the data producer doesn't overwhelm the data consumer.

Rebecca Parsons on the ThoughtWorks Technology Radar

by Shane Hastie on  Mar 28, 2014 3

In January ThoughtWorks released the latest version of their Technology Radar in which they track what's interesting in the software development ecosystem. The big themes this year are (1) early warning systems and recovery in production, (2) the tension between privacy and big data, (3) the javascript ecosystem and (4) blurring of the line between the physical and virtual worlds.

Akka Toolkit 2.3 with Java 8 and Persistence Support

by Jan Stenberg on  Mar 11, 2014

Latest version of the Akka toolkit, an implementation of Actor Model, comes with persistence enabling stateful actors to persist their internal state, together with support for Java 8 lambda expressions.

Functional Relational Mapping Library Slick 2.0 Released

by Jan Stenberg on  Jan 26, 2014

Version 2.0 of Slick, a Functional-Relational Mapping, FRM, library for Scala, (corresponding to an Object-Relational Mapper, ORM, for object-oriented languages), was recently released with a code generator for reverse-engineering a database schema and new driver architecture to allow support for non-SQL databases.

Scala Turns Ten Today

by Alex Blewitt on  Jan 20, 2014

Ten years ago today, the first release of the Scala language was announced on the comp.lang.scala newsgroup. It's come a long way in ten years; what will the next ten years be like? InfoQ looks back.

Vaughn Vernon: Reactive Domain-Driven Design

by Jan Stenberg on  Nov 19, 2013 1

Vaughn Vernon, author of Implementing Domain-Driven Design, recently talked about using Scala and the Actor Model implementation Akka together with Doman-Driven Design as a means to remove some of the architecture overhead typically found in event-driven or hexagonal architectures.