Room 3 

15:00 - 16:00 


Talk (60 min)

Celebrity Deathmatch: Akka.NET vs Orleans

I grew up in the MTV generation, and that included 'Celebrity Deathmatch', a show where actors and other celebs battled out their differences in the most gruesome ways. In this talk, we also have some actors battling it out on stage. But a bit differently.


In the blue corner we have Akka.NET, a .NET port of Lightbend's Akka on the JVM. A framework that has been improving steadily since its first production release in 2014. It's a framework for distributed applications with a solid reputation and a great community around it.

Fighting from the red corner, we have Orleans, a framework that was first built and used by Microsoft to develop the online services for Halo 4. It was open sourced around the same time in 2014 and has since been used for a number of Microsoft products. Microsoft sees a bright future for Orleans in more general-purpose distributed applications too.

Time to look at these 2 frameworks side-by-side in today's light. Let the fight begin!

Hannes Lowette

Hannes is a developer, a coach and a father of 3.

In .NET development, he has always had a passion for performance, databases, distributed systems and large scale applications. But most of all, he likes playing devil’s advocate in technical discussions by drawing the ‘it depends’ card.

As a coach, he is enthousiastic about knowledge sharing, personal growth and building careers. All this while keeping in mind that the pace needs to be sustainable.

In his free time, when he’s not building LEGO® castles with his kids, he likes to spend time building guitars, playing chess or poker, tasting whisky and doing all round geeky stuff.

You can occasionally find him on an afterparty stage at PubConf or with Dylan Beattie & the Linebreakers.