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How to use AMQP protocol in Browser (JavaScript)

Discussion in 'Official Microsoft News' started by michaeljqzq, Mar 28, 2017.

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    Blog Posts:
    In my previous 2 posts, Connect to Azure Event Hub in browser ( using AMQP over WebSockets ) and Connect to Azure IoT Hub in browser ( using AMQP over WebSockets ), I introduced the parameters needed to connect to IoT Hub and Event Hub. Since we chose to connect in front-end, so we have to find a JavaScript library for AMQP. However, it isn’t quite easy to find one.

    rhea is a reactive messaging library based on the AMQP protocol which meet our need.It is a NodeJS project, but it provides a browserify command in script. So all we have to do is to make a little changes.

    1.In the type wrapper (types.js), it is designed for Node so it uses Buffer class in code.

    if (o instanceof Buffer) {
    return types.wrap_binary(o);

    The corresponding data structure in front-end JavaScript is ArrayBuffer. So here we make this code compatible with browser.

    if (o instanceof Buffer || o instanceof ArrayBuffer) {
    return types.wrap_binary(o);

    2.The library doesn’t implement disconnect method. So let’s add one in container.js

    Container.prototype.disconnect = function () {

    Now let’s try to browerify the project!
    First we need to set dependency.In the terminal, point to project root folder, set the environment variable NODE_PATH to the parent folder of your rhea project. For example, my project folder is C:Usersv-zhqIoTrhea then you will set NODE_PATH to C:Usersv-zhqIoT.
    Then execute in project folder C:Usersv-zhqIoTrhea:

    npm run browserify

    rhea.js get!
    Then you can use example to test! Point to examples/websockets and start an HTTP server. Then visit http://localhost:8000, input websocket url.

    client.html ( in line #31 I made a little change or client object can’t be initialized )

    <!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>AMQP websockets example</title>
    <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html;charset=utf-8" />
    <!-- This example was adapted from a chat example included in the
    excellent 'JavaScript: The Definitive Guide', by David Flanagan and
    published by O'Reilly. -->
    <script src="rhea.js"></script>

    <input type="text" id="request" style="width:100%"/>
    var server = prompt("Enter details of server to use", "ws://localhost:5673");
    var input = document.getElementById("request");

    function append(txt) {
    var node = document.createTextNode(txt);
    var div = document.createElement("div");
    document.body.insertBefore(div, input);
    input.onchange = function() {
    input.value = "";

    var client = new(require("rhea"))();
    client.on("message", function (context) {
    var ws = client.websocket_connect(WebSocket);
    var connection = client.connect({"connection_details":ws(server, ["AMQPWSB10"]), "reconnect":false});
    var sender = connection.open_sender("examples");


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