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Ruby Unified Queues

unified-queues is an unified queue interface which unifies several both normal and priority queue implementations to the single queue API. Usage is simple:

require "unified-queues"

# Depq
require "depq"
depq_queue = UnifiedQueues::Single::new(Depq)

# Ruby Array
array_queue = UnifiedQueues::Single::new(Array)

# ...the same API!
depq_queue.pop!    # will return :foo

array_queue.pop!   # will return :foo

Evented queues are also supported by transparent way; simply provide blocks to calls instead of expecting return values. Currently, the following classes are supported:

  • Queue and Array (from Ruby),
  • Depq (from depq gem),
  • Containers::Heap (from algorithms gem),
  • CPriorityQueue, PoorPriorityQueue and RubyPriorityQueue (from priority_queue gem),
  • EventedQueue (from evented-queue gem).

And for multiqueues:

  • UnifiedQueues::Single (from unified-queues gem),
  • EMJack::Connection (from em-jack beanstalk gem)

Multiqueue Support

Multiqueue is a queue which is composed of more queues and single queue can be selected for writing into or reading from. An example of this type of queues are for example some queue servers which typically contain more than one queue. By this way, an unified queue interface can be implemented for more queue servers too.

Reasonable example isn't available, but see the QRPC project where unified multiqueues are implemented.

Multiqueue driver for single unified queue interface is also implemented, so it's possible to build a multiqueue interface from the common datatypes or Ruby priority queues implementations by an universal and transparent way.

Hardcore example

Hardcore example can by for example following (bonus points for decoding what it does):

UnifiedQueues::Multi::new UnifiedQueues::Single, ::EM::Wrapper::new(REUQ),  UnifiedQueues::Single, CPriorityQueue

Well, it creates an unified queue interface from the CPriorityQueue library, wraps it to an evented interface (converts standard interface to the evented one), converts it to the evented unified queue interface again and creates a multiqueue interface from it. It may sounds difficulty, but it simply creates an evented unified multiqueue interface from non-evented proprietary library. Cool.


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Copyright © 2011 - 2012 Martin Kozák. See LICENSE.txt for further details.

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