[rabbitmq-discuss] Task queues: use rabbitmq to build one, or use rabbitmq AS one

Jerry Kuch jerryk at rbcon.com
Tue Aug 14 00:19:47 BST 2012

As general background to the conversation, the following summarizes some
nice anti-patterns in the area:


These are good things to watch out for, since they almost spontaneously
self organize in a lot of systems we've seen. :-)

Best regards,

On Mon, Aug 13, 2012 at 2:38 PM, Mark Feeney <mark.feeney at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi, Emile.
> Thanks for the response!
> > If you find yourself performing SELECT queries on the messages, and
> > their order is less important then consider using a relational database
> > instead.
> I do have some fairly tricky SELECT statements to get the next item
> form my current queue system, so this is a good point.
> > If not all messages are routed in an identical way, or you find yourself
> > writing lots of database trigger code then I would suggest using a
> > message broker. RabbitMQ can cope with long persistent queues, with
> > messages of variable sizes.
> This sounds like another good guideline.  Right now I don't really
> have any message routing on the ingress side of my ad-hoc queue
> system.  The SELECT statement that gets the next message ends up doing
> some fiddly logic to get the "correct" message out, and this can cause
> issues, esp. with larger queues.  I'm considering routing messages to
> the correct queue when they first arrive, so rabbit seems like a good
> fit for this sort of thing.
> > If performance is a consideration then you should run some benchmarks
> > for your expected workload.
> Of course.  Thanks again for your response, I'm getting a clearer
> picture of how I might use rabbitmq.
> Mark.
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