Reading Message Server (RMSN)
This is the core of RMSN, or rather RMSN itself. It's guided, very simply, by a few config variables and some credentials.
REDIRECT_URL- When this is set, all non-nowjs GET requests will be redirected to the specified URL
USE_SOCKETStrue (default) | false - Disables websockets when set to
false. This is useful when deploying to platforms that decline to support sockets, such as Heroku
Credentials are set through environmental variables using the following format:
For instance, an API credential for app
1234 with key
supersecretphrase would look like this:
You can set as many credentials as you like. Go wild.
To include RMSN in your client side app, just add these three lines to
<head> of your HTML, replacing
rmsn.example.com with your RMSN server:
<script src="http://rmsn.example.com/nowjs/now.js"></script> <script src="http://js.pusherapp.com/1.9/pusher.min.js"></script> <script src="http://rmsn.example.com/rmsn.js"></script>
RMSN piggybacks on the Pusher JS library so most, if not all, of your existing code will work as-is.
A note about now.ready();
It's important to note that you'll probably need to wrap your code with
now.ready(), much as you would with jQuery's
If you're seeing errors like
Object has no method 'subscribe',
it's because your code is being executed before nowjs has fully loaded.
Only code that accesses RMSN immediately on page load needs this wrapper
index.html contains a good example.
RMSN is a work in progress. As such, there are bits of the Pusher API
that aren't yet supported, marked with
Disconnecting Connection States
- Public Channels
Private Channels Presence Channels
- Events (limited support)
- Global config
Don't see your feature supported? Send a pull request!
RMSN works with most of the standard Pusher publisher libraries.
Simply specify your RMSN server in place of the Pusher's
and the rest should take care of itself. Library specific are details below
rmsn.example.com as an example RMSN server endpoint. You knew that.
Configure the Ruby gem using the URL method:
An example configuration in
config/environments/development.rb of a
Rails application might look like this:
Pusher.url = 'http://killerrandomkey:email@example.com/apps/1234'
If you're using Heroku, make sure to remove the Pusher add-on, otherwise your configuration will more than likely be overwritten upon deployment.
Specify your host like so:
$pusher = new Pusher($key, $secret, $app_id, $debug, 'http://rmsn.example.com');
Deploying to Heroku
Create your Heroku app on a Cedar stack
heroku create --stack cedar
Disable sockets since Heroku doesn't support them
heroku config:add USE_SOCKETS=false
NODE_ENV variable, needed by Express
heroku config:add NODE_ENV=production
Add a credential as explained in Credentials above
heroku config:add KEY_killerrandomkey=1234:supersecretphrase
Push the code to Heroku
git push heroku master
Additional instructions for running Node.js applications on Heroku can be found here.
RMSN, the acronym, is an homage to Shipping News, a seminal band from the birthplace of post-rock – Louisville KY. You've been done a disservice by your friends and your family if this is the first mention of Shipping News that you've come across, especially here in the age of real time messaging systems.
Shipping News' Kyle Crabtree is one of the most tasteful and nuanced drummers in music today. His timing is, surely, even better than that of the humble Reading Message Server; we strive to replicate his timing. It's critical that you listen to Shipping News while implementing RMSN. In fact, the entire thing hinges on it.