Redux PouchDB Enhancer to store actions locally, sync with remote CouchDB, and time travel by applying remote actions locally and then compute distributed nextState.
This library is a simple experiment with leveraging Redux and PouchDB to build an Enventually Consistent distributed realtime system.
Every action that a single client emits as part of the regular Redux architecture will be intercepted and pushed into a local PouchDB database. All local PouchDB actions are sync'd to a remote CouchDB database. Since multiple users could introduce new actions into our system we need to update our local AppState to be Consistent across all clients. This is done by listening to the 'push' sync events from the remote CouchDB. When we receive new actions we replay all actions in our local PouchDB, which now includes the remote actions, and compute a deterministic next state. All actions are added to the DB in accountant style, where every record is additive, and conflicts are almost guaranteed to be nonexistent.
As we begin to distribute this model to multiple clients we build a realtime system that captures actions, ensures ordering of actions during replay, and ensures eventual consistency amongst all clients.
Offline support is a first-class citizen. Every action is pushed into your local, PouchDB, and when the user is online PouchDB will sync with the remote CouchDB.
Actions ordering is guaranteed to be deterministic by using a PouchDB _id that is a composite of TIMESTAMP-UUIDv4. In this way if we have conflicts with actions occurring simultaneously, we can use the UUIDv4 (which is not time dependent) to consistently order these actions as we replay history on remote clients devices.
Cautions: this architecture is experimental. More work is needed to control
the size of the Actions database and the cost of replaying all actions every sync.
A future enhancement would be to compress all actions into a single action that simply
replaces the local app state. This would essentially allow us to compress historical actions
into a single action and free up computation and wire chatter.
Also, important to note that additional tuning on the chatter between PouchDB and
CouchDB would be needed. The current sync implementation options are simply
live: true, retry: true
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pouchdbStoreEnhancer accepts options that allow the user to configure the local PouchDB database name and remote CouchDB database url.
The local PouchDB database will be used to store all local actions, on and offline. The remote CouchDB database will be used to sync actions from all connected clients.
This is the full URL to your CouchDB database including the DB name to sync actions.
remoteActionsDBUrl = 'http://127.0.0.1:5984/actions'
This is the name of your local PouchDB database, this will be used to store actions.
localActionsDBName = 'actions'