redis_message_capsule

Send messages between node or rails apps asynchronously (via redis).

RedisMessageCapsule

Send messages between node or rails apps asynchronously (via redis).

  • [report an issue with the ruby version] (https://github.com/arbind/redis_message_capsule/issues)
  • [report an issue with the node version] (https://github.com/arbind/redis_message_capsule-node/issues)

in node:

$ npm install redis_message_capsule

in ruby:

$ gem install redis_message_capsule

The purpose of RedisMessageCapsule is to enable separate apps to communicate with each other asynchronously.

The ruby implementation listens for messages in a separate thread, and node listens in a separate Fiber.

The code below defaults to using redis running on localhost

Both windows can be ruby, can be node, or one can be ruby and one can be node.

in node:

$ node
require('redis_message_capsule')
redisurl = 'redis://127.0.0.1:6379/' 
capsule = RedisMessageCapsule.capsule(redisurl)
cat = capsule.channel('cat')
cat.send('meow')
cat.send('meow')

in ruby:

$ irb
require('redis_message_capsule')
redisurl = 'redis://127.0.0.1:6379/' 
capsule = RedisMessageCapsule.capsule(redisurl)
cat = capsule.channel('cat')
cat.send('meow')
cat.send('meow')

in node:

$ node
require('redis_message_capsule')
redisurl = 'redis://127.0.0.1:6379/' 
capsule = RedisMessageCapsule.capsule(redisurl)
cat = capsule.channel('cat')
cat.register(function(err, message){ console.log(message) })

in ruby:

$ irb
require('redis_message_capsule')
redisurl = 'redis://127.0.0.1:6379/' 
capsule = RedisMessageCapsule.capsule(redisurl)
cat = capsule.channel('cat')
cat.register { |msg|  puts msg }

in node:

cat.send(9)
talk = { say: 'roar', time: new Date() }        // <- to create a hash in node
cat.send( talk )

in ruby:

cat.send(9)
talk = { say: 'grrrrrr', time: Time.now }       #  <- to create a hash in ruby
cat.send( talk )
  • Use the module to create as many capsules as you want (only need one capsule for each redisurl:redisdbnum)
  • Use a capsule to create as many channels as you want (use 'ns:channelname' to add a namespace to your channel)
  • Use a channel to send as many messages as you want (be sure the data you send can be serialized to json )
  • Use a channel to register as many handlers as you want (all registered handlers on a channel will get messages)
  • Send messages between any mixture of apps: [ node <-> node ] or [ ruby <-> ruby ] or [ node <-> ruby ]

This module sends messages in a queue rather than a typical pub/sub model: messages are not broadcast to all apps.

  • If multiple apps are listening on the same channel, only one will actually receive the message and pass it on to its registered handlers for processing.
  • Listeners run in their own thread (in ruby) or fiber (in node) and may block waiting for a message.
  • When a message comes in, only the app that was waiting the longest will receive it.

In order for 2 apps to send messages to each other, they must bind a capsule to the same redis DB and select the same db number.

By default, RedisMessageCapsule will:

  • select 9 for test environment
  • select 8 for development environment
  • select 7 for production environment The selected db can also be overriden when materializing a capsule (examples are below).

If 2 apps are not sending messages to each other:

  • check that they are both in the same environment (test, development, production)
  • or be sure to override using same redisdb when materializing a capsule.

In node use one of the following to set your environment

process.env.NODE_ENV = 'test'          // redisDB.select 9
process.env.NODE_ENV = 'development'   // redisDB.select 8 * Default
process.env.NODE_ENV = 'production'    // redisDB.select 7

Alternatively, you can specify exactly what you want when materializing a capsule:

RedisMessageCapsule = require('redis_message_capsule')
redisurl = process.env.REDIS_URL || process.env.REDISTOGO_URL || 'redis://127.0.0.1:6379/' 
redisdb = 5
capsule = RedisMessageCapsule.capsule(redisurl, redisdb)

In ruby use one of the following to set your environment

ENV["RACK_ENV"] = 'test'          // redisDB.select 9
ENV["RACK_ENV"] = 'development'   // redisDB.select 8  * Default
ENV["RACK_ENV"] = 'production'    // redisDB.select 7

Alternatively, you can specify exactly what you want when materializing a capsule:

require 'redis_message_capsule'
redisurl = ENV["REDIS_URL"] || ENV["REDISTOGO_URL"] || "redis://127.0.0.1:6379/"
redisdb = 5
capsule = RedisMessageCapsule.capsule redisurl, redisdb
git clone git@github.com:arbind/redis_message_capsule-gem.git
cd redis_message_capsule-gem
bundle

gem uninstall redis_message_capsule
gem build redis_message_capsule.gemspec
rake install
  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create new Pull Request