Written by Jon Stern on 36:04 reading time

… found in translation.

A while back, Kris wrote about some of the interesting ways redis configuration choices can harm the performance of your applications. The investigation he described was the most illuminating so far in our efforts to understand and tame the microservice beasts we have bred, but I’d like to talk a bit about my own pet preoccupations and how I came by them: specifically, how in translating the library we use to build Python workers into Clojure, I learned a few new things about the code that had been under my nose all along.

A Pattern for Distributing Synchronous Tasks Using Redis

So Kris mentioned PSH, which stands for Psomething Service Hub. (Well, almost—the Psomething part is Top Psecret!) To build it, we wrote a couple of “tasklib” libraries, one in Ruby and one in Python, to enqueue synchrononous1 “tasks"—remote function calls that return all the disparate pieces of context we need to build our pages—in redis. On the other end, worker processes use one...

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Written by Ian Melnick on 08:03 reading time

RESTful APIs have become commonplace in the world of the web.

Given that “REST” itself is a concept and not a protocol, RESTful APIs must only obey a minimal set of rules that can be abused by developers in any way they like.

While the transport protocol might often be HTTP, the rules for interacting with the API (i.e., the API’s protocol) are largely defined by the API itself. I almost want to label these as “simple HTTP services”, because many APIs that label themselves as “RESTful” really aren’t. Consider a JSON-over-HTTP API that happens to maintain state. It’s not RESTful, but it uses elements commonly found in RESTful APIs.

The simple HTTP service has gained popularity for a few reasons. It uses the same transport protocol as traditional webpages, and if it’s a RESTful service, it’s modeled on how the web works: stateless and resource-oriented. An HTTP service that uses JSON as the payload format enables quick and easy interoperability with a web browser—and nearly every modern...

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