Aren't you sick of your website going down because one of your MongoDB instances fell over?

Weebl stops things falling over. Or rather, it lets you cope with things falling over in a sensible way. Right now it just contains a Mongo wrapper but it's set up in such a way that adding other service wrappers is a snap.


The Mongo client is instantiated using a list of hosts and a retry strategy:

hosts  = [['mongo1.example.com', 28017], ['mongo2.example.com', 28017]]
client = Weebl::Mongo.new(:hosts => hosts, :retry => :periodic)

Available :retry options are:

  • :none: if any Mongo operation fails an exception is thrown and the client begins switching to an alternate host.

  • :periodic: Mongo operations are retried at a uniform rate until a connection to one of the hosts is established.

You use it by wrapping blocks of code that use Mongo in a block:

client.with_connection do |conn|
  collection = conn.db('mmm').collection('pie')
  document = collection.find_one
  # etc

This block may throw an exception, depending the retry strategy in use. Beware that if Mongo goes down part-way through the execution of the block, the block may be retried from the start when Mongo comes back. Make sure you don't insert things twice etc.

Adding new clients

The API required by Weebl is very simple. You just need to declare how to get a connection, what type of exception the underlying client will throw if it's disconnected, and what to do if the connection fails. For example the Mongo one looks something like this:

class Mongo < Weebl::Fallible
  # How to get a connection. Should return a connection object or
  # nil, and should not raise any exceptions
  def get_connection
    hosts.each do |host|
      @connection ||= make_connection(host)

  # What type of exception the underlying client throws. Used to
  # Detect failures during blocks of code with #with_connection
  def exception_type

  # What to do when the connection drops, e.g. throw the object away
  def on_fail(exception)
    @connection = nil


  def make_connection(host)
    ::Mongo::Connection.new(host[0].to_s, host[1].to_i)
  rescue exception_type

The options passed in the constructor become available as method calls inside your class, e.g. :hosts in the above example.

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