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Reactor 3.x is a Java library for writing reactive applications using the Reactive Streams standard. Reactor Core provides a reactive streams implementation similar in style to RxJava 2. Because it is based on standard reactive streams, Reactor can easily integrate with any other reactive streams library (particularly RxJava 2). There are adapters available for RxJava 1 and the CompleteableFuture API as well as conversions for the new JDK 9 Flow reactive stream interfaces. Reactor also provides an IPC API for implementing reactive streams systems for general networking and off-JVM communication. The main implementation of the IPC API is Reactor Netty which provides TCP, UDP, and HTTP DSLs. There are other modules in the works, but Reactor 3.x is still under heavy development.

Microservice architecture is amongst the latest in best practices in software architecture. Essentially, microservices are small, independent applications that provide REST APIs for communication. These applications are akin to the Unix philosophy of small programs: each program does one thing and does it well. Each application should work on its own and be independently deployable, thus making each microservice independently maintainable. One simple way to check if a service is a microservice is if it is easily described in a single, simple sentence.

java log4j

It’s been almost six months since we released Log4j 2.5, and we have a bunch of neat things added since then. The biggest change is that now you can operate Log4j in a garbage-free mode during steady state logging. Sounds a bit jargony? The basic idea here is that once your application is initialized and doing its thing (the steady state), logging no longer contributes towards memory pressure, thus you have more control over memory allocation and gargabe collection. Various Java performance gurus point out that logging tends to add a lot of overhead to applications, and one major reason is due to garbage generated by the logging framework. The less garbage objects generated by the framework, the less time your application needs to spend collecting said garbage.