When you live far away from some of your best friends, you want to find some reasonable ways to stay in touch. After a while, we found out that social media and instant messaging apps are not really an answer to our needs, so we decided to give a chance to something that easily engages everyone. Most, if not all, of us know about Slack and how it (usually) improves communication within teams that use it.

However, if you want to fully own your data and e.g. have access to all archives without high pricing, you might start with some cheaper alternative. It appears there is one – Mattermost Team Edition. And that’s what we decided to try out.

In this post I want to describe how I configured my Mattermost server step by step. I made some assumptions about used hosts, distros and setup that simplified the whole process. Read more

Introduction

Any application sooner or later will fail. Imperative style programming usually handles this using side-effects by propagating exceptions and handling them later on. This approach introduces statefulness and deferring the error to outer bounds of the application. This creates hidden control-flow paths, that are difficult to reason about and debug properly when the code grows too much. Read more

When operating an Akka cluster the developer must consider how to handle network partitions (Split Brain scenarios) and machine crashes. There are multiple strategies to handle such erratic behavior and, after a deeper explanation of the problem we are facing, I will try to present them along with their pros and cons using the Split Brain Resolver in Akka, which is a part of the Reactive Platform. Read more