Migrate from Sidekiq to Sidekiq.cr in Rails application

Where is it better to start the Sidekiq jobs transition from Ruby to Crystal in order to optimize the resources usage on the server and, at the same time, not to struggle with the duplication?

Let’s conduct a little experiment and see if it is possible to integrate the Sidekiq.cr into the Rails application without spending a lot of effort and keeping the code cleanliness.

Ruby Part

In the Rails application, it’s better to isolate the logic by creating the job in a separate service before getting it to work with the Crystal implementation.

For using the Crystal worker implementation, its class name and the Sidekiq queue name should be defined as the arguments. This is the way our service will look like:

That’s all for the Rails application!!!

Crystal Part

In order to support the worker implementation on Crystal, this part should have *Sidekig.cr. *As it is pointed in the documentation:

Crystal can push jobs for a Ruby process to consume, and vice versa. The Crystal Web UI can monitor Ruby processes, and vice versa.

The next requisition is the ability to work with a database that is the same for the Rails and the Crystal parts. There are several frameworks based on Crystal, which allow such a database connection. To make a choice, we formed the following requirements:

  • it should be easy to customize and maintain

  • it should allow finding the record in a database and updating it

After some research, we choose *Granite. *Its pros are:

  • easy support

  • ability to define only attributes, which are going to be used

  • supporting the Rails-like helpers to operate with the records

The model in the Crystal application will look like:

Example of environment configuration in the shard.yml:

Configure the connection to a database:

max_pool_size and initial_pool_size — are configuration parameters for the connection pool.

The next step — Sidekiq::CLI configuration and preload of the connection with a database:

WORKER_CR_CONCURRENCY- is the environment variable that defines the maximum size for a connection pool.

Sidekiq worker in the Crystal Part

This worker will be responsible for fetching the record from the database and running some services:

The worker’s name should match WORKER_NAME defined in the Rails service:

    WORKER_NAME = 'Broolik::Worker::URLChecker'

Specify the queue for the job the same as in the Rails ScheduleUrlCheckService:

    'queue' => 'worker.cr'

Make friends Crystal and Ruby

Thus, the installation of the Crystal part is started using the command:

    crystal build src/sidekiq.cr -o bin/sidekiq.cr --release

Finally, run:

    bin/sidekiq.cr -q worker.cr -c 100 -e production

You can find this example in our repository jetthoughts/broolik-worker.cr.

Sergey Sviridov is a Software Engineer at JetThoughts. Follow him on LinkedIn or GitHub.

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