AltME: R3 Protocols


Didin't Ladislav write BEER a long time ago?
Yes, in Rebol. With a lot of problems.
I don't know if it was standard conform or just a fork of the idea.
I don't either. Probably have an old copy somewhere here. Lad's stuff has been offline for a while I think.
I think I liked the idea of a way to build protocols like PARSE lets us build DSLs, but never got it to stick for me.
I would not try to overcome port mechanism, whatever it takes. If there are bugs, those should be fixed. Well, it might be an extension (which is C). We will see, how Red IO turns out, once out ...

I don't like to port model that much. Might be because I never digged deep enough into it. But trying to generalize IO with a common API or model was tried in several other enviironments and all I know failed.
IMO putting network stuff to a higher level makes sense. Much higher level so that I can think of it in sending things back and forther and that's it.
Have you looked at 0MQ? It's basically send/receive, with socket types that have semantics (req/rep, pub/sub, push/pull).
0MQ looks like that on the surface and in the marketing, but when you start making real systems, you have to do a fair bit more
The problem with those network abstractions is that there quickly are reasons you have to poke under the hood

Have you found something better? It's all about tradeoffs, right?
Now I'm tickled
Kaj, maybe I should ask, instead, what poking under the hood you've had to do. I'm not stressing 0MQ in my work (very low message rates, largely for IPC), but some other work I did with it a few years ago hit it much harder and was still very easy to do.
Most simple examples, and what most people start with, is request/reply, but this quickly becomes useless in real-world situations
To be more flexible and scale it, you have to switch to dealer/router, which means managing and interpreting the multiple parts of request/reply messages, including the under-the-hood identity part
Now you're juggling sub-messages and babysitting their consistency, and soon you have to manage the internal sub-messages by creating, copying and destroying them, and comparing their content
First you think, ZeroMQ is about queueing, so I don't have to make my own message queues anymore, but again that only works in the simplest examples
When you need more flexibility and performance, you're back to maintaining your own message queues, and the 0MQ queues become a hindrance, because you can't access them once a message is in there
I'm probably spoiled because I never worked with earlier, complex messaging systems, but this is my experience
It would also be different if you're working with low-level languages, but in REBOL/Red a message queue is easy to do, so why give up control over it?

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