Jake Jake -3 years ago 142
Node.js Question

node.js + postgres database transaction management

We have an existing SQL database, and I'm writing a node.js server that accesses it using straight SQL, using this postgres driver module:


So far I can't find a transaction management node module that works with postgres. Does anyone know of one? Preferably with some real-world use?

Second, at a higher level, we're evaluating whether node.js can actually replace Java as a real-world solution for a server potentially handling volume. Transaction management was one of the issues we'd have to solve. So some insight into that would also be useful.

For the moment, I'm simply issuing a sql BEGIN at the start of a node server request and a ROLLBACK or COMMIT at the end. However, I'm (perhaps obviously) unfamiliar with the real-world issues surrounding SQL transaction management. If someone could briefly explain the issues that the transaction management frameworks solve, I'd find it useful.

EDIT: I'm using the built-in connection pooling mechanism of the postgres driver, and all queries within an http request are issued on the same connection obtained from the pool. First the BEGIN is issued, then whatever the specific http request does, then the COMMIT or ROLLBACK.


Answer Source

Transaction management is a pretty large subject. For what I imagine you are doing, you will want to use AUTOCOMMIT mode. This basically means that you will rely on PostgreSQL to BEGIN/COMMIT all of your statements (or in other words, that all your statements will run in their own transaction with no relation to each other). An easy way to decide that AUTOCOMMIT mode is right for you is to decide you don't need to use ROLLBACK. A huge benefit of AUTOCOMMIT mode is that even the stupidest connection pooling tool can't screw up.

For the gritty details around transaction management, start by taking a look at http://www.postgresql.org/docs/9.1/static/transaction-iso.html What ever you do, make sure you don't use or write a naive framework that leaves you in "IDLE in transaction" land. And finally, since you mentioned "high volume", I should ask what your balance of reads to writes is. If it is strongly favoring read behavior, then you should consider writing your code to use memcached. The easiest (but far from the most effective) way to do this is to use PQC.

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