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NATS, What a beautiful protocol

Daniel WertheimDaniel Wertheim

Just had a quick glance at NATS and its protocol and I went: OMG, it's like so simple and therefore so tremendously beautiful. Why? I told you. It's simple. And I can read it. As in read it and understand it without having to read a boring specification about a binary fixed protocol format.

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Without any deep thoughts (so you can most certainly laugh at my hacky bits), using C#, I just put down something simple that publishes messages to a subscriber in Telnet:

Func<string, byte[]> encode = Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes;  
Func<byte[], string> decode = Encoding.UTF8.GetString;

Func<Socket, byte[]> read = socket =>  
    var buff = new byte[256];
    var r = socket.Receive(buff);

    return buff.Take(r).ToArray();

Action<Socket> dump = s =>  
    var buff = read(s);
        ? decode(buff)
        : "--nothing--");

Action<Socket, string> pub = (s, m) =>  
    s.Send(encode($"pub foo {m.Length}\r\n{m}\r\n"));

using (var tcp = new TcpClient())  
    tcp.Connect("demo.nats.io", 4222);


    while (true)
        var msg = Console.ReadLine();
        if (string.IsNullOrWhiteSpace(msg))

        pub(tcp.Client, msg);



So now, if you start a telnet session and go:

telnet demo.nats.io 4222  
sub foo subId123  

Then take the C# code and run it in e.g. a console application, then you would be able to do this:

Simple, right? Which seems to be the characteristics of NATS. It's trying to be simple in the way that it doesn't try to support every use case found in an enterprise scenario. But, hey, I just started looking into it.



Developer that lives by the mantra "code is meant to be shared".