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Reactive Architecture(1): Introduction to Reactive Systems

Learn the core principles behind the Reactive Manifesto, and how they can be applied to build responsive systems.




About This Course

This course teaches the core principles behind Reactive Architecture. It introduces learners to why we need Reactive Systems, and what problems they are trying to solve. It also contrasts Reactive Architectures with Reactive Programming, showing how they relate, and how they are different.

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Course Syllabus

  • Why Reactive
    • What is the problem that Reactive Architecture is attempting to solve?
    • How does unresponsive software impact its users?
    • What is the goal of Reactive Architecture?
  • Reactive Principles
    • An introduction to the Reactive Manifesto
    • An explanation of the Reactive Principles
  • Reactive Systems vs Reactive Programming
    • What are Reactive Systems?
    • What is Reactive Programming?
    • How are Reactive Systems related to Reactive Programming?
    • The Actor Model and its relationship to Reactive Systems.
  • Case Study: Reactive BBQ
    • An analysis of a specific case study

General Information

  • This course is free.
  • It is self-paced.
  • It can be taken at any time.
  • The materials can be reviewed as many times as you want.
  • Quizzes and exams can only be completed once.

Recommended skills prior to taking this course

  • Experience in the design of software systems.

Grading scheme

  • The minimum passing mark for the course is 75%.
  • The assessment will include graded review questions, discussion questions, and a final exam.

Course Length

  • Approximately 6 hours



Course Staff

Wade Waldron

Wade Waldron

Wade Waldron is the Director of Training at Lightbend. He is the primary author of the Lightbend Reactive Architecture training course.

Wade started his career as a developer in 2005 building games for the Playstation 2, Xbox, etc. In 2011 he joined Point2 Homes where he began working on an Akka based microservices platform to provide realtime updates to real estate websites. In 2014 Wade joined BoldRadius where he consulted with a variety of companies on how to use Akka, and related technologies. He also began teaching courses on Akka and Scala.

In 2016, Wade released a book "Applied Akka Patterns" along with his co-author Michael Nash

Today Wade works with Lightbend where he consults with clients and builds training materials. He focuses on helping people make a smooth transition from a monolithic application to Reactive microservices.