Developing an Akka Edge
An Introduction to Actor-based Concurrency with Scala
By Thomas Lockney, Raymond Tay
Publisher: Bleeding Edge Press
Final Release Date: March 2014
Pages: 167

Akka is an incredible library and framework for writing concurrent applications. The hardest part for a lot of people to understand is that Akka is a toolkit with a number of very powerful tools that can scale up or down from very small tasks to very, very large ones. Understanding how to pick out the smallest bits first and add on what you need, as you need it, is not always so obvious. This book walks you through the process of developing a simple Akka-based system, starting from a basic use-case and progressing through a series of enhancements, showing you how you can make a very scalable, efficient and flexible system without a significant amount of work. This book helps you understand the essential features Akka provides, and then shows how you can easily extend your code to make use of them.

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    The book contains some good information, but it's overshadowed by the constant typos, grammatical, and formatting errors. They're everywhere, making some parts very difficult to read. It clearly has never been proofread.

    All internal references are missing. Instead of sentences like "As we learned about in Chapter 2.1," you'll see things like "As we learned about ???." How a book made it to publishing like that I have no idea, but it doesn't speak highly of "Bleeding Edge Press." I guess "bleeding edge" means you go to print as soon as the first draft is saved.

    A good portion of the code examples are non-functional as well. A lot of that seems to be due to formatting issues that result in things like => being replaced with a space. That's not the only problem though. Some of this code just plain won't execute and the authors frequently skip over steps required to follow along with the code they're developing.

    All in all, there really isn't much here you couldn't find on the web yourself for free.

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