Today, the Linux Foundation announced the launch of the Reactive Foundation to accelerate technologies for building the next generation of networked applications. That includes the open source RSocket specification, along with programming language implementations.
Netifi is among the founding members and in good company with Alibaba, Lightbend, and Pivotal. For us at Netifi, this is a huge milestone and result of years of dedicated effort.
Our work in this area began at Netflix, which is well-known for its pioneering efforts in microservices technology. To realize our vision to make reactive networked applications a reality, we invented RSocket. Our hope was for pervasive use of RSocket as a networking technology, so it has always been a freely available and open specification.
Since founding Netifi in 2017, we have used RSocket as the underlying technology to achieve our vision of reactive networked applications that are easy to build and deploy. Along the way, we and others have shepherded the development of the RSocket project. Today, these efforts have culminated in the announcement of the Reactive Foundation as an industry initiative with an open governance structure to oversee the further development of RSocket. I’m very happy that our very own Ryland Degnan, CTO, will be serving as the community chair.
So, you see, it has been a journey to get where we are today. Now let me share with you where we go from here. We have a lot of work to do to achieve our vision where reactive programming is used pervasively to build applications that maintain a consistent user experience regardless of traffic on the network, infrastructure performance and different end user devices (computers, tablets, smartphones).
We hope to see the modern network protocol RSocket replace HTTP as the lingua franca of microservices and distributed systems. That would help fill the technology gap so that a traditional enterprise developer can build sophisticated, cloud-native, distributed applications with minimal effort.
To learn more, go to Reactive Foundation where you can join us and see how to get involved, too. Go here to learn more about RSocket at Netifi and to get involved in the discussion visit our Community resource.