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Using Vert.x to Connect the Browser to a Message Queue

Like many of my peers, my experience has been rooted in traditional Java web applications, leveraging Java EE or Spring stacks running in a web application container such as Tomcat or Jetty. During the 20 or so years I’ve spent as a software engineer and architect, this model has worked well for most of the projects I’ve worked on. However, recent trends in technology–among them, microservices, reactive UIs and systems, and the so-called Internet of Things (which essentially boils down to large numbers of requests from disparate devices)–have piqued my interest in alternative stacks and server technologies.

In this post, I explain how we built a simple prototype of a Vert.x server that pushes messages from a RabbitMQ queue to a browser through websockets.

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