It's named after a lesser known Russian cosmonaut who was one of the first canine space travelers to orbit the Earth and return alive. Her name means “little arrow”.
Mongrel2 1.8.0 or better
Ruby 2.2 or better
$ gem install strelka
We're going to assume you've already built and installed the Mongrel2 daemon. If not, please refer to the Mongrel2 documentation and get that ready.
Mongrel2 loads its configuration from a SQLite database. You can create the
this database in any fashion you like, but the Mongrel2 ruby module
includes a command-line tool called
m2sh.rb that'll let
you quickstart a server if you just want to experiment. If you've
already installed the strelka gem, then it will already
have been installed as a dependency.
To bootstrap a basic server, configure it, and run it:
$ mkdir strelka-tryout $ cd !$ $ m2sh.rb quickstart
This will generate a Ruby DSL config, then invoke an editor on it.
Make sure the config has a line like:
route '/hello', handler( 'tcp://127.0.0.1:9999', 'helloworld' )
in the 'host' section; that's the part of the Mongrel2 server we'll be talking to.
The quickstart will generate a SQLite configuration database for use with
Mongrel2 in your current working directory, with the default required
directory structure. Mongrel2 will listen on port 8113 (unless you changed
it), and send all requests starting at the URI
/hello to a
If you stop the server (Ctrl-C will do so), you can restart it like so:
$ m2sh.rb start
Now that the Mongrel2 daemon is up and running, we can move forward and create our first application!
Strelka applications are subclasses of the Strelka::App class. Strelka::App is pretty minimal by itself; it inherits most of its behavior from the basic Mongrel2::Handler class, only adding a few convenience methods for common HTTP tasks.
A minimal application would look something like:
#!/usr/bin/env ruby require 'strelka' class HelloWorldApp < Strelka::App def handle_request( request ) response = request.response response.content_type = 'text/plain' response.puts( "Hello, World!" ) return response end end # class HelloWorldApp # Run the app HelloWorldApp.run if __FILE__ == $0
While functional, this application is pretty dumb, and making it do anything more intelligent on your own would require a bunch of additional code and accompanying tests. Fortunately, Strelka already has done the heavy lifting. It knows how to read the Mongrel2 configuration and hook your app up with the right sockets to talk to the Mongrel2 front end (providing you follow one of several simple conventions), provides hooks into the lifecycle of an HTTP request, and includes a plugin system that uses these hooks to handle common application tasks. This allows you to mix in the specific framework parts you need, so you get exactly what you want and nothing more.
Mongrel2 associates handlers with itself via an identifier, which is
described in the Mongrel2 manual as a UUID, but can actually be any string
consisting of dashes and alphanumeric characters. Strelka reads the Mongrel2 config database, and can
automatically configure its apps to talk to the right socket with the right
send_ident if it can find them. It gives you a couple of
different ways of doing this. It will default to a string derived from the
name of the class, or you can set it yourself by declaring an
ID constant in your application class. If you need more
control, you can also override the
::run class method and
super with the right
class HelloWorldApp # Run as a tester if not running in the production environment def self::run appid = if Socket.gethostname.include?( 'test' ) 'helloworld-test' else 'helloworld' end super( appid ) end end
config.sqlite configuration directs requests to
/ to be sent to the
helloworldapp handler, Strelka will automatically find and pair this route
to Mongrel2 when run.
Run this handler, then point a browser to
http://localhost:8080/. If you see the text “Hello, World!”,
congrats! We'll build off of this in the next section, the Strelka Tutorial.
If you want your app to be launchable via the
you can do so by registering it with the Strelka::Discovery module. For instance,
if your app is defined in a file called
you want to start it with the command
strelka start acme-store
then you'd do something like:
require 'strelka/discovery' Strelka::Discovery.register_app( 'acme-store', 'acme/store.rb' )
If you want the app to be launchable directory from the gem, you can put
the above discovery code in a file named
to your gem. The `strelka` command will load all of those files from any
installed gems before running
start. You can test to see which
apps are discoverable this way using the
See Strelka::Discovery for more info.
You'll likely want to start with the Tutorial.
Going forward, we're going to be extracting useful stuff out of our own applications as plugins, and finishing up the packaging and deployment stories once we've ironed out the details in own environment.
Here's a tentative list of what kinds of stuff we have planned:
CORS – manage Cross-Origin Resource Sharing headers, especially for service applications
caching – utilities for easy HTTP caching
Create some new handler classes for different application styles, similar to those in the Tir framework.
Support for sending partial responses via the Chunked encoding.
After checking out the source, run:
$ rake newb
This task will install any missing dependencies, run the tests/specs, and generate the API documentation.
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