If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. I actually liked the writing style of this book a lot and I was enjoying it, but Akka changed after it was written. The only problem I had is the amount of time I needed to spent to catch, handle and fix bugs and missing parts of the source code not shipped with the book unfortunately. Writing truly concurrent software on the Java Virtual Machine just got a whole lot easier. Pete Garett rated it it was amazing Dec 29, Funniest technical book that i recall reading.
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Simply awesome. The examples used are all based on one particular Fabulous, tremendous. Any cons then? The code formatting was a bit of an issue on Kindle Fire - it was not horrible, but linebreaks were really painful sometimes 2. What else? Another aspect - I think that examples based on aircraft at the book are too verbose for simple concept authors are trying to demonstrate.
In any way - good starting point if you wish to dig into Actors pattern Akka implementation. Jun 21, Leonid rated it it was amazing Great introduction to akka, which goes from the very beginning and high-level concepts, and to in-depth "under the hood" moments and implementation nuances, which matter to more experienced users.
So if time is valuable, maybe this book is not a right choice. After reading this book I have a pretty good understanding what akka is, how it works, what programming paradigm lies underneath this library, how to use its advantages and not to get trapped in concurrency problems. Still there were not that brilliant explanations sometimes - e. I had to use external sources to finally understand what is a core difference between routers and dispatchers, do one need to combine them and what happens if to try different combinations of their types.
As for a java programmer in past, it was shockingly for me to read through all this redundant code when the same meaning of the whole java code page could be put into one scala row as I just learnt from the previous chapters. I may change my mind, but for now I am done with the book.
My only complaint is about the writing style. Have an example? If Akka is what you want to learn, this is your book. Lots of serious content too. So much in fact that it can serve both as a verbose intro as well as a example-rich reference material. Examples are the gist of the book, as are numerous and understandable. It also contains lots of advice with regard to testing and actor system design patterns. Jul 13, Greg rated it it was amazing Great, great book on akka.
Some things like clustering or persistence is not covered but it still makes a first book to read when approaching akka. Dec 31, Milan Aleksic rated it really liked it The book was fun, detailed, although the topic was extremely complex to handle properly. The only problem I had is the amount of time I needed to spent to catch, handle and fix bugs and missing parts of the source code not shipped with the book unfortunately.
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