hellojoe

Robust automated worker processes in the spirit of Erlang

Hello Joe

Hello Joe is built on top of Node's cluster module to manage worker processes. It allows you to write your application in a vaguely Erlang like style, where if something goes wrong, crashing the whole process is the acceptable and preferred way of handling it.

Call hellojoe.serve with a configuration object (can be null, the defaults are OK) and a function containing your main application code. It should be the first and only thing your application does. Do not initialise any resources before calling this function. The worker processes will run your function, and anything outside of it gets run by both worker processes and the master process. You don't want the master process to do any work other than starting worker processes.

Thanks to the cluster module, any network sockets your subprocesses initialise will be shared between them.

var hellojoe = require("hellojoe");
 
hellojoe.serve({}, function app() {
   /// my application code goes here 
});

Hello Joe will launch a number of subprocesses running the provided function, and the master process will be left in charge of monitoring them and restarting them as necessary.

The configuration object you provide is merged with these default values:

{
  // n == the physical number of cores on the running machine 
  cores: n,
  // minimum lifetime (ms) of a process not considered a failure 
  failureThreshold: 5000,
  // amount of consecutive failures before retryDelay is triggered 
  retryThreshold: 23,
  // delay (ms) before spawning processes after consecutive failures 
  retryDelay: 10000,
  // optional filename to execute as worker process, replacing the function 
  worker: null,
  // if worker is specified, command line arguments can be provided 
  workerArgs: []
}

Please note that if you specify a worker script, it will be executed using the child_process module, not the cluster module, meaning that sockets won't be automatically shared between worker processes.

License

Copyright 2014 Future Ad Labs Ltd

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0.

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