Nowadays Akka is a popular choice for building distributed systems - there are a lot of case studies and successful examples in the industry.
But it still can be hard to switch to actor-based systems, because most of the tutorials and documentation don't show the way to assemble a real application using actors, especially in microservices environment.
Actor is a powerful abstraction in the message-driven environments, but it can be challenging to use familiar patterns and methodologies. At the same time, message-driven nature of actors is the biggest advantage that can be used for Reactive systems and microservices.
I want to share my experience and show how Domain-Driven Design and Enterprise Integration Patterns can be leveraged to design and build fine-grained microservices with synchronous and asynchronous communication. I'll focus on the core Akka functionality, but also explain how advanced features like Akka Persistence and Akka Cluster Sharding can be used together for achieving incredible results.