SAN FRANCISCO, July 25, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lightbend, provider of the leading Reactive application development platform for building distributed systems and the company behind Scala, Akka, Lagom, and Play Framework, today announced that its popular instructor led training series -- Lightbend Reactive Architecture -- is now available online for free, on IBM’s Cognitive Class. IBM’s Cognitive Class is a series of free data science and cognitive computing courses, with a virtual lab environment that enables users to practice what they learn.

“Designing distributed systems for cloud computing requires architects and teams to think differently,” said Mark Brewer, CEO at Lightbend. “They need to take into account concurrency, messaging and coordination - in order to achieve the promise of resilient and elastic software. Every team needs to develop a deep understanding of how to design, build and operate software in a Reactive, cloud-native world if they want to remain relevant.”

Lightbend Reactive Architecture is a crash course in thinking differently, with a self-paced format and guidelines from Lightbend experts. Lightbend Reactive Architecture has codified lessons learned, best practices, reference architectures, design patterns and analysis techniques, drawing from Reactive’s track record of success at companies like LinkedIn, Verizon Wireless, Capital One and Walmart Canada.

The Reactive Manifesto, originally published anonymously but later revealed as the work of Lightbend co-founder and Akka creator Jonas Bonér, for the first time set out key principles for building systems that react to modern demands on distributed services at scale. Translated into 15 languages with endorsements by more than 23,000 technologists, the Reactive movement has become the de facto guideline for distributed system design.

Reactive systems are designed to deal with the inevitable failure of services in complex, modern architectures. A Reactive system is an architectural style that allows multiple individual applications to coalesce as a single unit, reacting to its surroundings while aware of each other, and enable automatic scale up and down, load balancing, responsiveness under failure, and more.

Lightbend has organized its popular instructor led Reactive Architecture course into two Cognitive Class Learning Paths, each containing three self-paced free courses:

Lightbend Reactive Architecture: Foundations

  • Introduction to Reactive Principles
  • Domain Driven Design
  • Reactive Microservices

Lightbend Reactive Architecture: Advanced

  • Consistency and Availability
  • Messaging and Coordination
  • CQRS & Event Sourcing

“With the popularity of cloud-native systems and microservices we see a great deal of interest in Reactive systems,” said Leon Katsnelson, Director and CTO of Strategic Partnerships for IBM Digital Business Group. “We are delighted to continue partnering with Lightbend to help professional developers and students build skills in Reactive Architectures. By offering a series of free, self-paced courses on CognitiveClass.ai and other properties on the IBM Skills Network, we are accelerating adoption of Reactive Architecture as the foundation of the next generation computing.”

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About Lightbend
Lightbend (Twitter: @Lightbend) provides the leading Reactive application development platform for building distributed applications. Using microservices and fast data on a message-driven runtime, enterprise applications scale effortlessly on cloud computing architectures. Many of the most admired brands around the globe are transforming their businesses with our platform, engaging billions of users every day through software that is changing the world.

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