Installing ØMQ

It’s fair to ask why we’d use ØMQ for connecting our microservices, as opposed to using sockets directly like we did last chapter. The answer is that the Node.js community believes in the Unix philosophy: “do one thing well.” The committers keep the Node.js core small and tight, leaving everything else to the broader base of developers who publish their modules through npm.

Although the Node.js core has great, low-level support for binding and connecting to sockets, it leaves out higher-level messaging patterns. ØMQ’s purpose is to expose higher-level messaging patterns and take care of many low-level networking concerns for you. Take the following examples:

  • ØMQ endpoints automatically reconnect if they become unhitched for any ...

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