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Play as an ESB

Posted by eggsearle on July 31, 2013

Back in 2007 Mark Nottingham suggested squid could serve as an ESB , which was probably considered a rather radical idea.  Certainly I never came across any further references to the concept.  This recent Play blog post  triggered my recollection of that half decade old idea.

It has many functions that one might expect from an ESB:

  1. Caching
  2. Rate limiting (via timeouts and return codes)
  3. Proxying (via REST call to external service)
  4. Data conversion (http response to json)

The sample is compact, easily understand and easily extended via composition. (characteristics that are rarely encountered using the big name ESBs)






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scalaz contrib and Futures

Posted by eggsearle on July 24, 2013

The canonical combined Future example is

def c(i:Int):Future[Int] = ...
val f1 = c(5)
val f2 = c(2)
i1 <- f1
i2 <- f2
yield i1+i2

Creating the Futures within the for-comprehension would be much tidier, but then they would execute sequentially ruining the entire purpose.

The scalaz contrib project provides support for Scala 2.10 futures, allowing more expressive coding for some tasks.

This applicative functor expression is equivalent to the above code.

val r:Future[Int] = (c(5) |@| c(1))(_ + _)


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Defaulting type with Scala implicits

Posted by eggsearle on July 13, 2013

This stackoverflow answer shows how a default type can be specified, using some interesting side effects of the Scala implicit rules.

Scala 2.10.1 allows the code to be further simplified

object DefaultsTo {
 implicit def default[B] = new DefaultsTo[B, B]
 implicit def overrideDefault[A,B] = new DefaultsTo[A,B]

The  T DefaultsTo Node looks rather strange but is actually the infix form of DefaultsTo[T,Node]


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