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When you compose a vert.x application, you may want to isolate a functionality somewhere and make it available to the rest of your application.

That’s the main purpose of service proxies. It lets you expose a service on the event bus, so, any other vert.x component can consume it, as soon as they know the address on which the service is published. This is achieved by the vert.x service proxies. However, vert.x service clients, form the bare vert .x service proxies, cannot be consumed from your browser or from node.js. Vert.x SockJS Service Proxy generates service clients that you can use from your browser or from a node.js application. These clients rely on the SockJS bridge that propagate events from the vert.x event bus to / from SockJS.

Using Vert.x SockJS Service Proxy

To use the Vert.x SockJS Service Proxy, add the following dependencies to the dependencies section of your build descriptor:

  • Maven (in your pom.xml):

<dependency>
  <groupId>io.vertx</groupId>
  <artifactId>vertx-sockjs-service-proxy</artifactId>
  <version>3.4.2</version>
</dependency>
<dependency>
  <groupId>io.vertx</groupId>
  <artifactId>vertx-service-proxy</artifactId>
  <version>3.4.2</version>
</dependency>
  • Gradle (in your build.gradle file):

compile 'io.vertx:vertx-sockjs-service-proxy:3.4.2'
compile 'io.vertx:vertx-service-proxy:3.4.2'

Be aware that as the service proxy mechanism relies on code generation, so modifications to the service interface require to re-compile the sources to regenerate the code.

Before going further you should check how to use vertx-service-proxies from the documentation page.

Consuming your service from a browser or from Node.js

The previous section has shown how you can create a service proxy in Java. However, you can consume your service directly from your browser or from a node.js application using a SockJS-based proxy.

First, you need to configure the SockJS bridge, in order to let the proxy communicate with the service. You will find more details about the SockJS bridge in <a href="http://vertx.io/docs/vertx-web/java/#_sockjs_event_bus_bridge">vertx-web</a>:

SomeDatabaseService service = new SomeDatabaseServiceImpl();
ProxyHelper.registerService(SomeDatabaseService.class, vertx, service,
    "database-service-address");


Router router = Router.router(vertx);
// Allow events for the designated addresses in/out of the event bus bridge
BridgeOptions opts = new BridgeOptions()
    .addInboundPermitted(new PermittedOptions()
        .setAddress("database-service-address"))
    .addOutboundPermitted(new PermittedOptions()
        .setAddress("database-service-address"));

// Create the event bus bridge and add it to the router.
SockJSHandler ebHandler = SockJSHandler.create(vertx).bridge(opts);
router.route("/eventbus/*").handler(ebHandler);

vertx.createHttpServer().requestHandler(router::accept).listen(8080);

Once you have the sockJS bridge configured, other applications developed in JavaScript can interact with your service directly. During the service compilation, a JS proxy module is generated, and is named as follows: module_name-js/server-interface_simple_name + -proxy.js. So for instance, if your interface is named MyService, the proxy module is named my_service-proxy.js. Again, this proxy is usable from your browser or from node.js.

The generated proxy is a JavaScript module compatible with CommonJS, AMD and Webpack. The proxy then just needs to instantiated with the EventBus bridge and the service EventBus address:

<script src="http://cdn.sockjs.org/sockjs-0.3.4.min.js"></script>
<script src="vertx-eventbus.js"></script>
<script>
  var eb = new EventBus('http://localhost:8080/eventbus');
  eb.onopen = function() {
    var SomeDatabaseService =
      require('vertx-database-js/some_database_service-proxy.js');
    var svc = new SomeDatabaseService(eb, "database-service-address");
    // use the service
  };
</script>

For node.js application, it would be used as follows:

var EventBus = require('vertx3-eventbus-client');
var SomeDatabaseService = require('../../some_database_service-proxy');

var eb = new EventBus('http://localhost:8080/eventbus/');
eb.onopen = function () {
 var svc = new SomeDatabaseService(eb, "database-service-address");
 // use the service
};