WEBINAR REPLAY | Reactive, fast-data, akka

Using the Actor Model with Domain-Driven Design (DDD) in Reactive Systems

With Vaughn Vernon, Founder, Consultant, Trainer at for {comprehension}

Is the Actor Model just a new "shiny object" for developers to chase after, a fad soon to be abandoned? In fact, the Actor Model was first designed in 1973–over 20 years before brands like Yahoo! and Hotmail first arrived at the burgeoning internet. Created to address the long-term direction of computing and software development, it is almost as old as the formal definition of object-oriented programming.

Fast forward to 2017, where we are faced with an online and mobile world that continues to grow exponentially, and a third wave of IoT aims to add hundreds of billions of connected devices to our lives.

To manage today’s demanding needs and to prepare for the coming wave, enterprises like Intel, Samsung, Walmart, PayPal, Hootsuite, and Norwegian Cruise Lines are embracing distributed, Reactive systems deployed on hybrid cloud infrastructures. Central to these systems and applications is the Actor Model, which is seeing “renewed interest as cloud concurrency challenges grow,” according to Forrester Research.

In this webinar, special guest Vaughn Vernon explains why actors are so vital to the future of software development. You will learn:

  • Why actors are so exceptionally well-suited for use with Domain-Driven Design, speaking the Ubiquitous Language of your core business domain.
  • How actors are designed to gracefully handle failure, maintaining system resilience and responsiveness to users no matter what’s happening.
  • How actors help you reactively scale your systems meet concurrency demands, elastically growing up and out to handle peak load, and shrinking when not  minimizing your infrastructure and hardware footprint.


WEBINAR REPLAY | Reactive, fast-data, akka

Using the Actor Model with Domain-Driven Design (DDD) in Reactive Systems

With Vaughn Vernon, Founder, Consultant, Trainer at for {comprehension} and Duncan DeVore, Senior Software Engineer, at Lightbend, Inc.

Is the Actor Model just a new "shiny object" for developers to chase after, a fad soon to be abandoned? In fact, the Actor Model was first designed in 1973–over 20 years before brands like Yahoo! and Hotmail first arrived at the burgeoning internet. Created to address the long-term direction of computing and software development, it is almost as old as the formal definition of object-oriented programming.

Fast forward to 2017, where we are faced with an online and mobile world that continues to grow exponentially, and a third wave of IoT aims to add hundreds of billions of connected devices to our lives.

To manage today’s demanding needs and to prepare for the coming wave, enterprises like Intel, Samsung, Walmart, PayPal, Hootsuite, and Norwegian Cruise Lines are embracing distributed, Reactive systems deployed on hybrid cloud infrastructures. Central to these systems and applications is the Actor Model, which is seeing “renewed interest as cloud concurrency challenges grow,” according to Forrester Research.

In this webinar, special guest Vaughn Vernon explains why actors are so vital to the future of software development. You will learn:

  • Why actors are so exceptionally well-suited for use with Domain-Driven Design, speaking the Ubiquitous Language of your core business domain.
  • How actors are designed to gracefully handle failure, maintaining system resilience and responsiveness to users no matter what’s happening.
  • How actors help you reactively scale your systems meet concurrency demands, elastically growing up and out to handle peak load, and shrinking when not  minimizing your infrastructure and hardware footprint.


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About Presenter

Vaughn Vernon, Founder, Consultant, Trainer at for {comprehension}

Vaughn Vernon is a software developer and architect with more than 30 years of experience in a broad range of business domains. He consults and teaches around Domain-Driven Design and reactive software development, helping teams and organizations realize the potential of business-driven and reactive systems as they transition from technology-driven legacy web implementation approaches. As he does so, he puts strong emphasis on embracing simplicity whenever possible. Vaughn is the author of three books: Implementing Domain-Driven Design, Reactive Messaging Patterns with the Actor Model, and Domain-Driven Design Distilled, all published by Addison-Wesley.

About Presenters

Vaughn Vernon, Founder, Consultant, Trainer at for {comprehension}

Vaughn Vernon is a software developer and architect with more than 30 years of experience in a broad range of business domains. He consults and teaches around Domain-Driven Design and reactive software development, helping teams and organizations realize the potential of business-driven and reactive systems as they transition from technology-driven legacy web implementation approaches. As he does so, he puts strong emphasis on embracing simplicity whenever possible. Vaughn is the author of three books: Implementing Domain-Driven Design, Reactive Messaging Patterns with the Actor Model, and Domain-Driven Design Distilled, all published by Addison-Wesley.

Duncan DeVore, Senior Software Engineer, at Lightbend, Inc.

Duncan DeVore is co-author of "Reactive Application Development", Senior Software Engineer at Lightbend on the monitoring team, open source developer and frequent speaker. He has been an avid Scala developer since 2009, holds two patents for software design and led the release of one of the first large-scale Reactive applications in 2012.

About Lightbend

Lightbend (Twitter: @Lightbend) is dedicated to helping developers build Reactive applications on the JVM. With the Lightbend Reactive Platform, developers can create message-driven applications that scale on multicore and cloud computing architectures by using projects like Lagom, Play Framework, Akka, Scala, Java, and Apache Spark. To help our customers succeed, Lightbend partners with technology pioneers such as Databricks, IBM, and Mesosphere.