Go Style Directory Layout for Scala with SBT

I’ve come to appreciate Go’s directory layout where test and build files are located side-by-side. This promotes a conscience testing priority. It also enables easy navigation to usage of a particular class/trait/object along with the implementation. After reading through the getting-better-every-day sbt documentation I noticed you can easily change default directories for sources, alleviating the folder craziness of default projects. Simply add a few lines to your build.sbt:

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Running Consul on CoreOS

I’m a big fan of Consul, Hashicorp’s service discovery tool. I’ve also become a fan of CoreOS, the cluster framework for running docker containers. Even though CoreOS comes with etcd for service discovery I find the feature set of Consul more compelling. And as a programmer I know I can have my cake and eat it too.

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Clustering Akka Applications with Docker — Version 3

The SBT Native Packager plugin now offers first-class Docker support for building Scala based applications. My last post involved combining SBT Native Packager, SBT Docker, and a custom start script to launch our application. We can simplify the process in two ways:

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Accelerate Team Development with your own SBT Plugin Defaults

My team manages several Scala services built with SBT. The setup of these projects are very similar, from included plugins, dependencies, and build-and-deploy configurations. At first we simply copied and paste these settings across projects but as the number of services increased the hunt-and-change strategy became laborious. Time to optimize.

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Service Discovery Options with Marathon and Deimos

I’ve become a fan of Mesos and Marathon: combined with Deimos you can create a DIY PaaS for launching and scaling Docker containers across a number of nodes. Marathon supports a bare-bones service-discovery mechanism through its task API, but it would be nice for containers to register themselves with some service discovery tool themselves. In order to achieve this containers need to know their host ip address and the port Marathon assigned them so they could tell other interested services where they can be found.

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