Docker Compose + NATS: Microservices Development Made Easy

By: Wally Quevedo - Date: June 20, 2016

Buzzwords are everywhere in our industry. “Microservices”, “Serverless computing”, “Nanoservices”, “Containerized” - you could fill a whole blog post just with these overused phrases. If you cut through the terminology flavor of the month, there are some very important common thread for application developers. One is simplicity. Regardless of what architectural approach you’re using - and what you may or may not refer to it as - you want it just work. Read More…


No Technology is an Island: The NATS Connector Framework

By: Steve Dischinger - Date: June 7, 2016

No Technology is an Island - no matter how cool & innovative you think it is. Another way to say it would be: if you don’t participate in a broader ecosystem you will perish. Whether the developer has their favorite toolchain, or a customer wants to incorporate it into their existing IT infrastructure, people will demand integration. One of life’s best lessons is simple things tend to win. So that is why we are so excited to update everyone about the progress the NATS community has made in a few short weeks since the launch of our Connector Framework. Read More…


Guest Post: Saving lives using NATS for IoT Messaging

By: Farzad Azima - Date: May 24, 2016

NATS as the IoT mobile messaging system for an earthquake early warning network I’m a programmer. I like to find difficult problems to solve, and work on effective solutions to these problems. We’ve all seen earthquakes covered in the news, sadly, , and earthquakes are on the rise globally. The average frequency and magnitude of earthquakes has increased recently, and more people than ever are living in urban areas which are dangerous during earthquakes. Read More…


Scaling NATS for Education

By: Matt Farmer - Date: May 17, 2016

Our NATS-powered Validation Services in Action I’d like to focus for this blog on what NATS has helped us to achieve. There are a whole set of other great entries on this site looking at various aspects of technical implementations, and the NATS community as a whole is incredibly responsive and helpful; so if you have questions about how to do something just have a read around here, and you can always ask a question in the NATS Slack channel for pretty much immediate gratification. Read More…


NATS: A Central Nervous System for IoT Messaging

By: Brian Flannery - Date: May 9, 2016

The Linux Foundation’s OpenIoT Summit was held in San Diego in April, and for those of you who attended and maybe went home with some swag, you’ll remember the NATS team had a booth. What you may not remember a month later are the details of Larry McQueary’s overview of NATS at one of the speaking sessions. As a refresher, the recording of the talk is now available for viewing on YouTube. Read More…


Using the NATS Connector Framework

By: Colin Sullivan - Date: April 29, 2016

NATS is outstanding at moving data between endpoints - but what kinds of endpoints? You may have legacy applications that use some proprietary data sources, or perhaps you are migrating from another messaging technology onto NATS. For cases like these, you’ll want to take advantage of the NATS Connector Framework. The NATS Connector Framework The NATS Connector Framework provides a foundation to build a connector - an application that moves data into and out of NATS. Read More…


Guest Post: REST to NATS Proxy

By: Radomír Sohlich - Date: April 23, 2016

The REST to NATS proxy project sohlich/nats-proxy is the micro framework that provides a bridge between HTTP and NATS. To introduce the problem, we first compare the HTTP and NATS communication models. The table below represents the matching of HTTP and NATS concepts and what do they provide. HTTP NATS Request/Response Request/Reply synchronous communication Websocket Publish/Subscribe real-time asynchronous communication As you can see, the NATS provides both synchronous and asynchronous communication between clients. Read More…


Guest Post: NATS and IoT helping to meet Civic needs: An Example Project: Ripple

By: Jason Rotella - Date: April 15, 2016

In the context of a submittal to the Samsung Maker’s Against Drought Challenge (more on that here) extended hackathon, my team has developed a partial solution to the very serious California drought crisis. I say partial since this problem is so vast that many solutions are required to operate collaboratively to fully solve it. The solution utilizes physical water system monitoring and control with Samsung ARTIK 10 IoT modules, and a Particle Photon module running the arduino-nats NATS client. Read More…


Guest Post: Micro on NATS - Microservices with Messaging

By: Asim Aslam - Date: April 11, 2016

In this post we’re going to discuss using Micro on NATS. It includes discussion around service discovery, synchronous and asynchronous communication for microservices. If you would like to learn more about Micro first, check out the blog post detailing the toolkit here. Let’s get down to business. What is NATS? NATS is an open source cloud native messaging system or more simply a message bus. NATS was created by Derek Collison, the founder of Apcera. Read More…


NATS and Tracing: Keeping track of requests

By: Donal Byrne - Date: March 22, 2016

At Sendify we’ve been using nats as a simple and effective means of communicating between our backend services. I came across Nats a few years ago when building a relatively small microservice backed system and it worked wonderfully. With that experience, I introduced it to Sendify this year as the main nervous system for inter-service communication. Our system is mainly processing api requests to various freight carriers based on user searches though we’re also building integration for public api access as well. Read More…