This is a fork of the stdlib net/rpc which
is frozen. It adds support for
context.Context on the client and server,
including propagating cancellation.
The API is exactly the same, except
Client.Call takes a
and Server methods are expected to take a
context.Context as the first
argument. Additionally the wire protocol is unchanged, so is backwards
DialHTTPPathTimeout function is also added. A future release of rpc may
update all Dial functions to instead take a context.
Why use net/rpc
There are many alternatives for RPC in Go, the most popular being
net/rpc has the following nice
- Nice API
- No need for IDL
- Good performance
The nice API is subjective. However, the API is small, simple and composable.
which makes it quite powerful. IDL tools are things like GRPC requiring protoc
to generate go code from the protobuf files.
net/rpc has no third party
dependencies nor code generation step, simplify the use of it. A benchmark
done on the 6 Sep
net/rpc was 4x faster than GRPC. This is an outdated benchmark,
but is an indication at the surprisingly good performance
For more discussion on the pros and cons of
net/rpc see the issue proposal:
Last forked from commit 08ab820 on 25 September 2018.
Cancellation implemented via the rpc call