Johan Janssen – Speaker Interview

Q. You’re speaking at Voxxed Days Bucharest in March. Tell us a bit about your session.

It’s about our experiences with IoT, using Java and later Scala and Akka on Raspberry Pi’s combined with lots of Lego. Next to that we investigated Akka remote actors as an alternative to REST. Most of the audiences like the live demo as well!

Q. Why is the subject matter important?

IoT is a big and fun market to explore. Next to that nowadays most of us will work with REST/XML to communicate between applications. It doesn’t feel natural that you need quite some other code and libraries to be able to make an external call. With Akka it feels much more natural to call other applications. It’s almost the same as a local call. That makes it also easier to move from a monolithic application to a more microservice oriented architecture.

Q. Who should attend your session?

Everybody interested in Lego (trains, ferris wheel etc), Raspberry Pi’s, IoT, Akka.

Q. What are the key things attendees will take away from your session?

IoT is fun, but it has it’s own challenges and you can learn a lot from it.

Q. Aside from speaking at Voxxed Days Bucharest, what else are you excited about for 2016?

Speaking at at least 7 more conferences, moving to a new home and getting our second child.

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