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Consume long running HTTP streams (e.g. Twitter streams API) in Go
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What is it?

go-http-stream-reader enables Go applications to consume long running HTTP request streams such as the Twitter Streaming API. It automatically reconnects in case of errors (e.g. temporary network interruption, stalled or closed connection etc.) and does so in a scalable manner that respects the back-off rules of the remote host.

Currently the back-off rules are modelled exactly on Twitters Rules but could be made configurable if needed (feel free to open an issue or send a PR).

Streams are read using the bufio Scanner, and by default expects newline (\n) delimited data. Different delimiting routines could easily be implemented, again feel free to open an issue or send a PR.


See GoDocs here for full api documentation:

Open a stream by using the NewStream function, passing in the remote URL to connect to. If needed, set the HttpClient, HttpRequest or Headers properties of the HttpStream to modify the connection behaviour (for example using a custom http.Client to enable self-signed certs, or a custom http.Request to use a different method than the default GET). Finally call Connect() to begin reading data from the stream using the Data channel:

s := stream.NewStream("")
s.Headers = map[string]string{"Authorization":"foobar"}
for {
  select {
  case data := <-s.Data:
    glog.Infof("Data: %s", string(data))
  case err := <-s.Error:
    glog.Infof("Error: %v", err)
  case <-s.Exit:
    glog.Info("Stream closed.")

To close the stream use stream.Close(), if you need your line reading routine to exit cleanly when the stream is closed, either check the status of the Data channel or ensure you have a reader on the Exit channel like above.

The Error channel can be read to receive any errors (resumable OR fatal) that occur during the lifetime of the stream. If a fatal error does occur it will be written to the Error channel before the stream gracefully closes.

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