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Introducing Java Reactive Extentions in to a SpringBoot Micro Service

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Introduction Today we are going to take a look at Reactive Programming using Java8 and RxJava, which is a library for composing asynchronous and event-based programs by using observable sequences. RxJava stands for Reactive Extensions for the JVM. It extends the observer pattern [Gamma95] to support sequences of data/events and adds operators that allow you to compose sequences together declaratively while abstracting away concerns about things like low-level threading, synchronization, thread-safety and concurrent data structures [1].

Pre-Requisites: Having a good knowledge about Java8, Functional Programming and spring boot microservices.

What is Reactive programming? In essence, Reactive programming is an asynchronous programming paradigm concerned with data streams. The system time, a list of entries from the DB/API, user clicks, everything can be a stream of data. Data from different streams can easily be combined and transformed, and in the end processed/observed by the subscri…