Typesafe gets new name, brings open source microservices framework to Java development

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Developer-focused Typesafe has a new name and a new microservices framework aimed at enterprises doing Java development. Now known as Lightbend, the company is launching Lagom.

The launch of Lagom builds on Lightbend's past history of delivering what it calls Reactive Platform, which was designed to help enterprises construct low latency, fast data applications for microservices architectures. According to Lightbend, it currently sports companies like Walmart, Verizon, iHeartRadio, William Hill and Samsung as customers.

Lagom takes the concept behind Reactive Platform and wraps it specifically around Java app development.

"It does the heavy lifting for distributed systems, includes essential APIs, services and patterns based on a solid foundation of the Reactive principles. Now, every Java developer has the power to build distributed systems with confidence," said Jonas Bonér, CTO and co-founder of Lightbend, in a statement.

Lightbend's goal is to provide an environment that makes it simple to develop microservices-based applications. It's a message that is becoming increasingly common from development platform vendors.

Lagom provides the ability to quickly launch all microservices with a single command and do hot code updates from within their existing development environments. However, with legacy apps still having a lion's share of the application market, Lagom also has connectors to connect into monolithic apps and systems.

Lagom is based on the Scala functional language and contains APIs to connect to other Java services. It's not quite ready to connect to existing Scala services, but Lightbend noted that feature is coming sometime after Lagom officially launches in March.

For more:
- read the press release

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