This was a post writted for Making Devs Blog.
Recently we use the project Vertx for develop a project. Now I’m going to talk about the basic functionality.
VertX is a tool-kit for building reactive applications on the JVM.
It has many interesting features:
- Actor model based.
For the beginning it’s important know that VertX has a nervous system called Event Bus, where you can write and run Verticles.
Verticles are chunks of code that get deployed and run by Vert.x.
In groovy, a verticle is called consumer.
Every verticle have an identifier, it’s only a String. It could be deployed on a script or a class, and into him you can receive a message from another part of the Event Bus, and send a reply.
A Vertx Verticle:
Run on the event bus.
Have a address identifier (string)
Have a deployment ID (deployment identifier)
- It can receive a message and send a reply to the same message
- It can send message for other verticles
A simple groovy consumer:
The verticles can be deployed for be available on the event bus. When a verticle be deployed, it will be available on the Event Bus. You can deploy one consumer, or N instances of the same consumer.
You can send messages to verticle trough the verticle’s address. And it could be point to point, or a broadcast. With this simple concepts we can make a simple design using VertX verticles.
Ping-Pong simple example.
This are only the basics concepts of VertX, because this toolkit is much bigger and useful.
You can learn more on VertX site Vertx Site
Visit the [ VertX Google Group ] (https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/vertx)
Thanks for reading.