streamitter

server-to-server event emitter wire protocol

Streamitter

Streamitter is a server-to-server event emitter wire protocol. It provides a shared event emitter between a server and client, with basic reconnection and exponential backoff logic.

npm install streamitter
var server = Streamitter.createServer(function (client) {
  client.on('ping', function () {
    client.emit('pong')
  })
})
server.listen(5555)

var client = Streamitter.createClient(5555)
client.on('pong', function () {
  console.log('pong received')
})
client.emit('ping')

This is a shared emitter between client and server. Accidental infinite loops are possible.

var server = Streamitter.createServer(function (client) {
  // All requests initiate a response
  client.on('request', function () {
    client.emit('response')
  })
})
server.listen(5555)

var client = Streamitter.createClient(5555)

// All responses initiate a new request
client.on('respond', function () {
  client.emit('request')
})

// Infinite loop and a whole lot of network traffic...
client.emit('request')

While care has been taken to prevent events received from the remote connection getting sent back to the remote connection, I can't save you from your own stupidity when you manually emit an event back. To ensure an event does not get sent to the server, whether it came from the remote connection or not, you can use localEmit rather than emit.

Creates a net server that uses an event emitter to communicate. Callback receives a unique emitter for the net socket.

Create a client emitter. The port argument may be a number, a string, or an existing net.connect() instance. It also attaches a few extra methods, as seen below.

Forcefully destroys the socket and reconnects.

Flag the client to automatically reconnect, which an exponential backoff mechanism.

Disable auto-reconnection, if enabled, and closes the socket.


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