This Week in Fluvio #8

Sep 30, 2021

Welcome to This Week in Fluvio, our weekly newsletter for development updates to Fluvio open source. Fluvio is a distributed, programmable streaming platform written in Rust.

 

Release of Fluvio 0.9.9

 

Fluvio Consumer can now stream from all partitions in a topic

As of this release, you can now use the Fluvio Consumer CLI and Rust API to stream records from all partitions in a topic, rather than just one at a time. To use this functionality on the CLI, use the new --all-partitions flag.

To see this in action, let’s produce some records to a topic with 2 partitions. First, let’s create the topic:

$ fluvio topic create fruits -p2
topic "fruits" created

Let’s produce some records to our topic. By default, these records will be distributed to the partitions in a round-robin fashion.

$ fluvio produce fruits
> apple
Ok!
> banana
Ok!
> cranberry
Ok!
> date
Ok!
> ^C

Before Fluvio 0.9.9, you would run the consumer and only see the records from one partition at a time! If you don’t specify a partition, it simply chooses partition 0.

$ fluvio consume fruits -B
Consuming records from the beginning of topic 'fruits'
apple
cranberry

With the --all-partitions flag, you’ll see the records from all the partitions!

$ fluvio consume fruits -B --all-partitions
Consuming records from the beginning of topic 'fruits'
apple
cranberry
banana
date

Notice that the records don’t appear in the exact order that we produced them in! That’s because ordering is only guaranteed for the records in the same partition. In this case, this means that apple will always come before cranberry, and banana will always come before date. To learn more about partitioning, check out the docs on key/value records and partitions.

 

Addition of {{partition}} to the Fluvio Consumer --format string

With the arrival of the multi-partition consumer, we also need a way determine which records came from which partitions! You can now include {{partition}} in the consumer’s format string to print out the partition of each record. From the example above, if we wanted to know what partition each record belongs to, we can run the following:

$ fluvio consume fruits -B --all-partitions --format="Partition({{partition}}): {{key}}={{value}}"
Consuming records from the beginning of topic 'fruits'
Partition(0): null=apple
Partition(1): null=banana
Partition(0): null=cranberry
Partition(1): null=date
 

Conclusion

For the full list of changes this week, be sure to check out our CHANGELOG. If you have any questions or are interested in contributing, be sure to join our Discord channel and come say hello!

Until next week!