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The Vert.x EventBus is the nervous system of Domino REST API. Vert.x relies on an internal EventBus that can operate in a request/reply or a broadcast mode. For simulating a flowable (from reactive principles), we follow a pattern:

  • When the HttpListener receives a request from the HttpClient, it forwards it to the WebHandler based on the OperationId.
  • The WebHandler generates a temporary address to listen for results and forwards the request to the EventBus.
  • The EventBus relays the request to the WorkerVerticle.
  • The WorkerVerticle sends an acknowledgment to the EventBus and requests the DbHandler to perform an action.
  • The DbHandler sends data to the temporary address in batches, until all the data is sent to the HttpListener.
  • The HttpClient starts interacting with data as soon as it receives it. The data is received in batches.
  • The header determines if it is Data, Error, or completion. (See below.)
  • Once all the data is sent, the DbHandler sends 'end of data' notification back to the EventBus.


FlowChart of our Eventbus

title EventBus use in KEEP

participant HttpClient
participant HttpListener
participant WebHandler
participant EventBus
participant WorkerVerticles
participant DbHandler
opt Startup
   HttpListener->WebHandler: load known handlers
   WorkerVerticles->DbHandler: load known handlers
   WorkerVerticles->EventBus: Subscribe to events\nbased on tags

HttpClient->HttpListener: GET/POST/PUT\nPATCH/DELETE
HttpListener->HttpListener: Validate against OpenAPI
HttpListener->WebHandler: forward request\nbased on operationId
note right of WebHandler: Transforms request\ngenerate Temp address
WebHandler->EventBus: subscribe to TEMP address
WebHandler->EventBus: forward request
EventBus->WorkerVerticles: forward request
WorkerVerticles->EventBus: acknowledge request
EventBus->WebHandler: acknowledge request
WebHandler->HttpListener: Set response headers
WorkerVerticles->DbHandler: request data
loop Response data
    DbHandler->WorkerVerticles: provide data
    WorkerVerticles->EventBus: publish data\nto TEMP address
    EventBus->WebHandler: forward data
    WebHandler->HttpListener: forward data
    HttpListener->HttpClient: chunked response
DbHandler->WorkerVerticles:End of data
WorkerVerticles->EventBus: publish end\nto TEMP address
EventBus->WebHandler: notify end
WebHandler->EventBus: unsubscribe TEMP address
WebHandler->HttpListener: notify end
HttpListener->HttpClient: response end

Anatomy of the EventBus message

EventBus uses header values to transport the meta data. The body (usually JSON) has a "payload" property with the requested data.

FlowChart of our Eventbus

Initial request header

Below are the values in the initial request sent over the EventBus using EventBus.request()

  • db: The Domino REST API alias name of the requested database (MAIL for Quattro)
  • jwtclaim: The JWT string the user authenticated with
  • appId: (Optional) Id of the calling server app
  • appSecret: (Optional) secret of the calling server app
  • operationId: The operationId as defined in OpenApiSpec
  • replyAddress: Address the handler will listen for replies

Initial reply

  • status: Could be "failure" or "success"
  • cause: String with explanation of potential failure
  • statuscode: Suggested HTTP Response code
  • ErrorClass: Type of error based on com.hcl.domino.keep.exceptions

See also the DeliveryOpts class

Data replies

Data reply is similar to the initial reply but with more options in status:

  • data: Actual data in body
  • complete: No more data to expect, no data in body
  • failure : as above, stating what went wrong

Reactive wrapper

To simplify the creation of handler and requesters, helper classes are built. They encapsulate the process back and forth on the EventBus following the Reactive pattern. This allows for flexible pre/post processing of data sent over the EventBus.

TODO: more on the wrapper

The wrapper classes can be found in the package com.hcl.domino.keep.eventbus