A Basis for Pub/Sub Daemons with Scaffold Generation.

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Larva is a Ruby daemon builder based on top of the Propono pub/sub library and the Filum logging library.

It is the foundation for daemons in Meducation's infrastructure.

Getting started is simple. Just install the gem and run

larva spawn my_daemon_name


If you want to add this to an existing daemon, add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'larva'

And then execute:

$ bundle install


Larva provides you with listeners, processors and a worker pool to quickly build an application that listens and responds to Propono messages.

Here is a sample application that forms the basis of a rake task for most Meducation daemons.

require 'larva'

# Setup Config for Filum and Propono

class MyProcessor < Larva::Processor
  def comment_created
    # I get called when the message is received :)

processors = {my_topic: MyProcessor}
Larva::WorkerPool.start(processors, "queue-suffix")

# In another application...
Propono.publish(:my_topic, {entity: "comment", action: "created", id: 8}


Larva Listeners provide an easy way of listening to a Propono topic and processing the message, complete with lots of logging through Filum.

Larva::Listener.listen(:my_topic, processor, "queue_suffix")

This will listen for messages on :my_topic and pass them to processor.process. It will log what is happening via Filum.


Processors are used by listeners to handle the messages that are received.

If your messages have an entity and action fields, then you can create methods named `#{entity}_#{action}, which get called when a message is received.

For example:

class MyProcessor < Larva::Processor
  def comment_created
    # I get called for the first message
Larva::Listener.listen(:my_topic, MyProcessor, "")
Propono.publish(:my_topic, {entity: "comment", action: "created", id: 8}

If those methods do not exist, then a method called process is called. This method has acccess to message, action, entity and id fields. If this returns true, then the message is considered processed, else if it returns false, an error wil be logged.

For example:

class MyProcessor
  def process
    if message[:foo] == bar
      # Larva will consider this message processed successfully
      # An error is logged for this message
Larva::Listener.listen(:my_topic, MyProcessor, "")
Propono.publish(:my_topic, {foo: "bar"} # -> Will be logged as a success
Propono.publish(:my_topic, {foo: "meh"} # -> Will be logged as unprocessed.

Worker Pool

The worker pool creates a listener for each topic, and proxies messages to the associated processors. If any processors die, the application will die.

Creating a worker pool is trivial:

processors = {
  my_topic_1: MyProcessor1
  my_topic_2: MyProcessor2
Larva::WorkerPool.start(processors, "queue-suffix")

Is it any good?



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