A simple, queue-backed and topic-oriented task scheduler for Node.js with pluggable queue implementation.
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A simple, queue-backed and topic-oriented task scheduler for Node.js with pluggable queue implementation.

For a sample queue plugin that uses Amazon SQS, see: SQSTask


A simple call:

scheduler.addTopicHandler(sometopic, taskJob, 100);

will schedule a javascript function (taskjob in this case) that can "listen" to incoming messages on a sometopic topic in a queue every 100 milliseconds. A taskjob implementation receives: (topic, message, callback) arguments when called. A 'topic' is typically a separate queue/channel on a message queue.

You can send messages asynchronously to the queue with:

 scheduler.message( sometopic
                  , somemessage
                  , function(err, result) {
      if (err) {
       // handle error


An early release. Feel free to: inspect, hack, enjoy and contribute (e.g.: feedback, documentation or bug fixes), but consider it an "alpha" stability.


> npm install taskscheduler
> npm install sqstask


Before you can use taskscheduler you have to configure it:


var AWSConfig = {
      "accessKeyId"     : "..."
    , "secretAccessKey" : "..."
    , "awsAccountId"    : "..."

var util      = require('util')
  , sqstask   = require('sqstask')(AWSConfig)
  , scheduler = require('taskscheduler')(sqstask);

Registering a Handler

var publisherHandlerID = scheduler.addTopicHandler("publisher", taskJob, 100);

function taskJob(topic, message, callback) {

  console.dir("Task job fired, with message: " + message);
  var err = null;
  var random = Math.floor(Math.random() * 5) + 1;
  if (random === 5) {
    err = new Error("something");
    console.log("Error simulated for message: " + message);


De-Registering a Handler

//-- You can also de-register a task, if you don't want it running "forever".

setTimeout(function(hID) {
}, 1000, publisherHandlerID);

Sending messages

scheduler.topicEnsureExists(test_topic, function(err) {

  if (!err) {
  } else {

}); // end of topic ensuring.

function  sendmessagesAndReadMessages() {
  for (var i = 0; i<5; i++) {
    scheduler.message( "publisher"
                     , "This is message # " + new Date().getTime()
                     , function(err, result) {
      if (err) {
        util.log("Error sending a message to the queue: " + util.inspect(err.Body.ErrorResponse.Error));

Plugin Implementation

To implement a plugin for a different queue, you must write a proper Node.js module that complies to the following requirements:

  1. Implements and exports following methods:
    • put(topic, message, callback) : puts a message on a queue.
    • get(topic, callback) : fetches a message from a queue
    • topicEnsureExists(topic, callback) : checks if a topic (queue) exists on a queue and creates one if it doesn't.
  2. Implements and exports a Message class that:
    • supports topic, body and id properties and has a constructor: (topic, body, id)
    • implements release(callback) method which returns previously grabbed (and locked) message back to the queue
    • implements del(callback) method that deletes a message from the queue

For a sample of a properly implemented queue task, inspect the source code of SQSTask