A lot of applications have a middleware layer. In some ways, ActiveRecord or Mailer is thought of as a middleware. But, for example with J2EE, you can run background servers and threads. Can this be done with Ruby and how?
on 2006-03-15 20:56
on 2006-03-15 21:09
Berlin Brown wrote: > A lot of applications have a middleware layer. In some ways, > ActiveRecord or Mailer is thought of as a middleware. > > But, for example with J2EE, you can run background servers and threads. > Can this be done with Ruby and how? > I take the code I need to run separate from rails and set it up as a system daemon. I put all of these in my lib/standalone/ directory. Example: /var/www/myapp/lib/standalone/report_generator /etc/init.d/report_generator start|stop|restart My rails app communications via Unix sockets to my report_generator. Zach
on 2006-03-15 22:56
That is interesting. I like that approach. How does the ruby client code work. Basically, does it timeout or cause a lot of issues.
on 2006-03-24 00:36
Berlin Brown wrote: > That is interesting. I like that approach. How does the ruby client > code work. The client just opens a Socket connection to the server, and sends it instructions. The server takes the instructions, and the server process creates a new thread and does whatever it needs to do based on instructions. We make the following assumption: * the server knows how to parse basic instructions so it can load the correct library/worker and pass on worker-specific instructions to it * the client understands the format of instructions > Basically, does it timeout or cause a lot of issues. A handful of times it was reported that it didn't correctly generate the report for the end user, however, it was hit half a million times in about 2 weeks and it's hard to prove a handful of times something not working. Although I am investigating. =) The biggest issue we've seen is memory consumption. We use this tactic for generating CSV reports from a database. Some CSV reports which include 45,000 or greater (upward of 275,000) records can really suck up the memory. We have avoided this as being a huge problem by doing two things: 1. beefing up server memory 2. restarting our worker processes (and daemon processes) periodically if memory consumption gets way to high. There are some changes I am making to my system to fix these initial issues, if interested contact me off list... Zach