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What and when to publish on message queue


Publishing Every Business Entity on each update/write. 1

Publishing every business entity is especially useful for event-driven systems.

Rather than writing code to publish after each saves manually, we can use event listeners. Event listeners would run a piece of code each time a specific event like database save occurs.

For example: Spring Data Mongo has AbstractEventListener and ReactiveAfterSaveCallback.

class SampleEntityDataPublisher implements ReactiveAfterSaveCallback<SampleEntity>{
    Mono<SampleEntity> onAfterSave(SampleEntity entity, org.bson.Document document, String collection){
        return Mono.just(entity)
            .doOnNext(entity-> Mono.just(entity)
                .flatMap(entity-> {
                    // code to publish

Above, Spring Webflux code, publishOn and subscribe ensure that publishing will run in a separate thread and doesn’t affect the execution of the main thread.

Publishing Commands

In the CQRS pattern, we publish every command instead of the end state. It’s the consumer’s responsibility to choose how to interpret that command.

For example, a command could be

  1. Movie object “Thor” was created for the USA with Id 1. Actor: “Chris Hemsworth”
  2. Movie object was updated. Name = “Thor: Ragnarok” for id 1.

A consumer service would be caring about counting movies by “Chris Hemsworth”. It would ignore the second message since it isn’t valuable for it.


  1. Anadi Misra

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