Posts by Tammo Sminia

AI movie critic - part 1 - Reading the training data

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This is the first of a series of posts. Where we will use machine learning to rate movies. For this task we're not going to watch all the movies. I assume it's good enough to just read the plot. We'll use Markov chains to rate the movies and as an added bonus we can also generate new movie plots for awesome (or terrible) movies. In this first part we'll get the data and change it into a more usable format. We can use the data from IMDB, which is published on ftp://ftp.fu-berlin.de/pub/misc/movies/database/. Of interest are the plots and the ratings.

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"this" in javascript

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In object-oriented languages, like Java, this refers to the instance of the class where you run the method. In javascript this is often also the case, but not always. In this post we'll explore some situations. And I give some tips on how to deal with them. The normal case. The function eat is defined on carrot. And we simply run it. this will refer to the enclosing object, which is carrot, with name "carrot".

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Throttling in Akka and Spray

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When you want to limit the amount of messages an actor gets, you can use the throttler in akka-contrib. This will let you limit the max transactions per second(tps). It will queue up the surplus. Here I'll describe another way. I'll reject all the surplus messages. This has the advantage that the requester knows it's sending too much and can act on that. Both methods have their advantages. And both have limits, since they still require resources to queue or reject the messages. In Akka we can create an Actor that sends messages through to the target actor, or rejects them when it exceeds the specified tps.

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Chaining Options

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When we have multiple Options and only want to do something when they're all set. In this example we have a property file with multiple configurations for one thing. A host and a port, we only want to use them if they're both set.

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Load testing our robots API with Gatling

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In a previous blog post we made an API with spray. Now we're going to load test it. For this, we will use http://gatling.io/#/. In a scala class we can write exactly what and how we want to run the test. In this test, we will do a post to our API and create a new robot called C3PO. We will do this 1000 times per second and keep doing this for 10 seconds. For a total of 10000 C3POs! RobotsLoadTest.scala:

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