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Hazelcast Node.js Client

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Hazelcast is an open-source distributed in-memory data store and computation platform that provides a wide variety of distributed data structures and concurrency primitives.

Hazelcast Node.js client is a way to communicate to Hazelcast clusters and access the cluster data. The client provides a Promise-based API with a builtin support for native JavaScript objects.

Installation

Hazelcast

Hazelcast Node.js client requires a working Hazelcast cluster to run. This cluster handles the storage and manipulation of the user data.

A Hazelcast cluster consists of one or more cluster members. These members generally run on multiple virtual or physical machines and are connected to each other via the network. Any data put on the cluster is partitioned to multiple members transparent to the user. It is therefore very easy to scale the system by adding new members as the data grows. Hazelcast cluster also offers resilience. Should any hardware or software problem causes a crash to any member, the data on that member is recovered from backups and the cluster continues to operate without any downtime.

The quickest way to start a single member cluster for development purposes is to use our Docker images.

docker run -p 5701:5701 hazelcast/hazelcast

This command fetches the latest Hazelcast version. You can find all available tags here.

You can also use our ZIP or TAR distributions as described here.

Client

npm install hazelcast-client

Overview

Usage

const { Client } = require('hazelcast-client');

// Connect to Hazelcast cluster
const client = await Client.newHazelcastClient();

// Get or create the 'distributed-map' on the cluster
const map = await client.getMap('distributed-map');

// Put 'key', 'value' pair into the 'distributed-map'
await map.put('key', 'value');

// Get the value associated with the given key from the cluster
const value = await map.get('key');
console.log(value); // Outputs 'value'

// Shutdown the client
await client.shutdown();

NOTE: For the sake of brevity we are going to omit boilerplate parts in the above code snippet. Refer to this code sample to see the complete code.

If you are using Hazelcast and the Node.js client on the same machine, the default configuration should work out-of-the-box. However, you may need to configure the client to connect to cluster nodes that are running on different machines or to customize client properties.

Configuration

const { Client } = require('hazelcast-client');

// Initialize the client with the given configuration
const client = await Client.newHazelcastClient({
    clusterName: 'cluster-name',
    network: {
        clusterMembers: [
            '10.90.0.2:5701',
            '10.90.0.3:5701'
        ]
    },
    lifecycleListeners: [
        (state) => {
            console.log('Lifecycle Event >>> ' + state);
        }
    ]
});

console.log('Connected to cluster');
await client.shutdown();

Refer to the documentation to learn more about supported configuration options.

Features

  • Distributed, partitioned and queryable in-memory key-value store implementation, called Map
  • Eventually consistent cache implementation to store a subset of the Map data locally in the memory of the client, called Near Cache
  • Additional data structures and simple messaging constructs such as Set, MultiMap, Queue, Topic
  • Cluster-wide unique ID generator, called FlakeIdGenerator
  • Distributed, CRDT based counter, called PNCounter
  • Distributed concurrency primitives from CP Subsystem such as FencedLock, Semaphore, AtomicLong
  • Integration with Hazelcast Cloud
  • Support for serverless and traditional web service architectures with Unisocket and Smart operation modes
  • Ability to listen client lifecycle, cluster state and distributed data structure events
  • and many more.

Getting Help

You can use the following channels for your questions and development/usage issues:

Contributing

We encourage any type of contribution in the form of issue reports or pull requests.

Issue Reports

For issue reports, please share the following information with us to quickly resolve the problems.

  • Hazelcast and the client version that you use
  • General information about the environment and the architecture you use like Node.js version, cluster size, number of clients, Java version, JVM parameters, operating system etc.
  • Logs and stack traces, if any.
  • Detailed description of the steps to reproduce the issue.

Pull Requests

Contributions are submitted, reviewed and accepted using the pull requests on GitHub. For an enhancement or larger feature, create a GitHub issue first to discuss.

Development

  1. Clone the GitHub repository.
  2. Run npm install to automatically download and install all the required modules.
  3. Do the work.
  4. Hazelcast Node.js client developed using TypeScript. Run npm run compile to compile TypeScript files to JavaScript.
  5. To have a consistent code style across the code base, Hazelcast Node.js client uses a style checker. Run npm run lint and fix the reported issues, if any.

Testing

In order to test Hazelcast Node.js client locally, you will need the following:

  • Java 8 or newer
  • Maven

Following command starts the tests:

npm test

Test script automatically downloads hazelcast-remote-controller and Hazelcast. The script uses Maven to download those.

In order to run specific tests, you can give a pattern to the test command like the following:

npm test pattern

This command will only run the tests matching the pattern. The pattern can be a string or regex in the same form grep command accepts.

License

Apache 2.0 License.

Copyright

Copyright (c) 2008-2022, Hazelcast, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Visit www.hazelcast.com for more information.