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At the start of the year we set out to create The Netbook, a fashion-based social network, from scratch. These are some lessons we learnt building its REST API backend using Scala, Akka and Spray; and deploying on Heroku.
Not satisfied with being new to the Scala language, Akka's actor model, and the unique constraints of the Heroku platform, circumstances conspired to add PostgreSQL, MongoDB & Redis to our tech stack.
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