primus-multiplex

Simple multiplexing for Primus

Primus Multiplex

Node.JS module that adds mutiplexing to Primus.

$ npm install primus-multiplex
var Primus = require('primus');
var multiplex = require('primus-multiplex');
var server = require('http').createServer();
 
// primus instance 
var primus = new Primus(server, { transformer: 'sockjs', parser: 'JSON' });
 
// add multiplex to Primus 
primus.use('multiplex', multiplex);
 
var news = primus.channel('news');
news.on('connection', function (spark) {
 
  spark.write('hi from the news channel');
 
  spark.on('data', function (data) {
    spark.write(data);
  });
 
});
 
var sport = primus.channel('sport');
sport.on('connection', function (spark) {
 
  spark.write('hi from the sport channel');
 
  spark.on('data', function (data) {
    spark.write(data);
  });
 
});
 
server.listen(8080);
var primus = Primus.connect('ws://localhost:8080');
 
// Connect to channels 
var news = primus.channel('news');
var sport = primus.channel('sport');
 
// Send message 
news.write('hi news channel');
sport.write('hi sport channel');
 
// Receive message 
news.on('data', function (msg) {
  console.log(msg);
});
sport.on('data', function (msg) {
  console.log(msg);
});

Create a new channel on the server.

var news = primus.channel('news');
news.on('connection', fn);

Broadcast a message to all connected Sparks in the channel.

news.write(message);

Iterare over all Sparks in a channel. This could also be used for broadcasting to specific Sparks.

news.forEach(function (sparkidconnections) {
  spark.write('message');
});

Destroy the channel removing all 'Sparks' and event listeners. This will emit a close event.

news.on('connection', function (spark) {
  news.destroy();
});

Triggers when the destroy method is called.

news.on('connection', function (spark) {
  news.destroy();
});
 
news.on('close', function () {
  console.log('channel was destroyed');
});

End the connection.

news.on('connection', function (spark) {
  spark.end(fn);
});

Send a message to the server.

news.write('hi server');

Disconnect from a channel.

var news = primus.channel('news');
news.end();

Receive data from the server from the corresponding channel.

news.on('data', function(msg) {
  console.log('Received message from news channel', msg);
});

There are two useful events that will be triggered on the main primus Spark object, that can be very usefull for handling dynamic subscriptions, subscription notifications, etc.

Triggers when a connection is subscribed to a channel. Callback will return with channel object and its spark object.

primus.on('connection', function(spark) {
  spark.on('subscribe', function(channelchannelSpark) {
    console.log('spark %s subscribed to channel %s', channelSpark.id, channel.name);
    // do stuff with the channel spark 
  });
});

Triggers when connection is unsubscribed from a channel. Callback will return the channel object and its spark object.

primus.on('connection', function(spark) {
  spark.on('unsubscribe', function(channelchannelSpark) {
    console.log('spark %s unsubscribed from channel %s', channelSpark.id, channel.name);
    // channel spark is about to die 
  });
});

Each message consists of an array of four parts: type (Number), id (String), topic (String), and payload (Mixed).

There are three valid message types:

  • Packet#MESSAGE (0) send a message with payload on a topic.
  • Packet#SUBSCRIBE (1) subscribe to a given topic.
  • Packet#UNSUBSCRIBE (2) unsubscribe from a topic.

The topic identifies a channel registered on the server side. The id represent a unique connection identifier generated on the client side.

Each request to subscribe to a topic from a given client has a unique id. This makes it possible for a single client to open multiple independent channel connection to a single server-side service.

Invalid messages are simply ignored.

It's important to notice that the namespace is shared between both parties and it is not a good idea to use the same topic names on the client and on the server side. Both parties may express a will to unsubscribe itself or other party from a topic.

$ make test

This library was inspire by this great post:

  • https://www.rabbitmq.com/blog/2012/02/23/how-to-compose-apps-using-websockets/

PrimusMultiplex is compatible with the following plugins, check the examples to see more.

(The MIT License)

Copyright (c) 2013 Jonathan Brumley <cayasso@gmail.com>

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