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Media Titans BBC, Gawker, HuffPost, The Guardian & The New York Times Adopt “Reactive Programming” Technologies for Next-Gen Online Publishing

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Media Titans BBC, Gawker, HuffPost, The Guardian & The New York Times Adopt “Reactive Programming” Technologies for Next-Gen Online Publishing

June 09, 2014

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Akka, Play, Scala and Typesafe Platform see growth in media industry as modern newsroom and reader traffic realities shake up old world application infrastructures

SAN FRANCISCO – (Marketwired June 10, 2014) – Typesafe, provider of the world's leading Reactive platform and the company behind Play Framework, Akka, and Scala, today announced additional traction in the media industry with companies BBC, HuffPost, The Guardian and The New York Times converging on the spectrum of Akka, Play, Scala and Typesafe Platform technologies to power their application infrastructures.

NYT Builds New Syndication Platform on Play, Scala and Akka
Earlier this month, engineers at The New York Times blogged about the back-end architecture approach it took to creating the company’s new syndication system, Blackbeard. The company’s requirements included reducing wait time for “the application to be deployed”, “faster idea prototyping”, and “easier implementation of real-time features”. The blog post describes in detail the company’s experiences with Play, Scala and Akka - the technologies they used to power Blackbeard.

Gawker Leverages Typesafe for Extreme Scale
Recently, Gawker Media made the move to consolidate a fragmented infrastructure under a JVM based umbrella. The Typesafe Platform was a natural choice for this company with extreme scalability requirements that experiences over 80 million unique page visitors monthly.

Huffington Post Rewrites from PHP to Scala, Modernizes Publishing Platform
Two and a half billion page views per month, 150,000 concurrent users, and a team of more than 3,000 contributing bloggers drove Huffington Post to a complete rewrite of their legacy publishing and content management systems. A switch from Ruby to Scala leveraging the Play web framework from Typesafe allowed rapid development while also putting the company on better footing to handle its massive scale requirements.

BBC Outgrows PHP and Leverages Play to Modernize for Interactive & Mobile
BBC faced a challenge as it set out to deliver a rich new interactive site dedicated to the popular CBeebies cartoon and its two million viewers. It found that its legacy PHP code base was not designed to handle data aggregation from multiple resources or support mobile. This video describes the path that BBC took with the Play web framework to deliver new mobile and interactive content for CBeebies.

Delivering On The Guardian’s Digital-First Vision
When Alan Rusbridger, Editor-in-Chief of Guardian News and Media revealed plans to become a digital-first organization, the pressure was on to quickly modernize The Guardian’s existing web infrastructure. The Play web framework -- and the power of the Akka run-time and concurrency underlying Play -- played a crucial role in The Guardian’s architecture modernizing for online and mobile.  

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