Summer of Sockets part 3: Pub Sub With ZeroMQ

2014 Sep13


o far we have looked at PUSH/PULL and REQ/REP. One of the more interested socket combinations in ZeroMQ is PUB/SUB. PUB/SUB has multitude of real world applications in distributed systems, Ranging from remote Work Queues, Push notifications for real time web applications, inter-application communications,
etc. Like other socket types found in ZeroMQ either each the pub and sub socket types can either bind or connect to an endpoint. It is really a matter of your applications use case. In general, the part of the application that will have the greatest up time would bind to a port and all others would connect.

There are two primary difference with the PUB/SUB sockets over the previously

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Summer of Sockets Part 1: Playing With ZeroMQ and NodeJS

2013 Sep03


he last few months I've spent working distributed systems for web and tel-com systems. Web applications are notorious for being monolithic, tightly coupled pieces of software under a single code base. This just fine when you application really just needs to work within itself. When your application need to share data with other applications, possibly written in different languages, frameworks, or even off load long running tasks, things can quickly become a challenge. To rectify such problems, most developers reach for a central message queue like RabbitMQ. Now, RabbitMQ is a great piece of technology, as the tag line says, It Just Works. However, it posses a couple of interesting problems that has turned me off to it.


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