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Process Engine

A simple helper for using multiple AWS SQS queues at the same time. This tool provides an easy way to map incoming events to actions.

Installation and Usage

npm install @cxcloud/process-engine
import {
} from '@cxcloud/process-engine-core';
const pool = createQueuePool([
name: 'my-sqs-queue',
concurrency: 2
conditions: [
path: '',
value: 'someValue'
path: 'customer.type',
value: 'gold'
action: (message, sendMessage) => {
console.log('Received Message:',;
message.deleteMessage().then(() => {
// Next should be called after each message is processed;
// CatchAll function (for events that don't match any of the processors)
message => {
console.error('No processor found');;
createQueueProcessor(/* ... */),
createQueueProcessor(/* ... */)


createQueuePool(processors: QueueProcessor[]) ⇒ QueuePool

This function creates a queue pool that can be started at the same time and queried to access each item.
The resulting QueuePool instance has the following methods:
  • start() — Start all the queue processor instances
  • findByName(name: String) ⇒ QueueProcessor — Find a queue processor instance
    by it's name

createQueueProcessor(options, actionMap, fallbackFn) ⇒ QueueProcessor

  • options (Object)
    • name (String) — Required: name of the remote queue to be watched
    • region (String) — the region to send/read service requests. Default is
    • accessKeyId (String) — your AWS access key ID. Default is
    • secretAccessKey (String) — your AWS secret access key. Default is
    • visibilityTimeout (Integer) — duration (in seconds) that the received
      messages are hidden from subsequent retrieve requests after being retrieved
      by a ReceiveMessage request.
    • waitTimeSeconds (Integer) — duration (in seconds) for which the call
      will wait for a message to arrive in the queue before returning. If a
      message is available, the call will return sooner than WaitTimeSeconds.
      Default is 20
    • maxNumberOfMessages (Integer) — maximum number of messages to return.
      Amazon SQS never returns more messages than this value but may return fewer.
      Default is 1
    • concurrency (Integer) — number of concurrency fetcher to start. Default
      is 1
    • debug (Boolean) — enable debug mode. Default is false
  • actionMap (Array of ActionMap). Each ActionMap (Object):
    • conditions (Array of Objects) — An array of conditions to meet. All of
      the conditions must be met for the function to be triggered.
      • path (String) — Object path (of the received event body)
      • value (String) — Value of the object path
    • action (Function) — The action function to be called when the conditions are met for a received event. Params:
      • event (Object) — The received evemt
        • type (String): default is "Message"
        • data (Unknown): JSON.parsed message.Body or a string (if could not be
        • message (Object): reference to the received message
        • name (String): name of the remote queue
        • url (String): url of the connected queue
        • deleteMessage() ⇒ Promise (Function):
          Helper to deleteMessage (or SQS.deleteMessage()) when the job is completed.
        • changeMessageVisibility(timeout) ⇒ Promise (Function):
          Helper to changeMessageVisibility (or SQS.changeMessageVisibility()) when the job is completed.
        • delay(timeout) ⇒ Promise (Function):
          Helper to changeMessageVisibility (or SQS.changeMessageVisibility()) without completing the job.
        • sendMessage(params = {}) ⇒ Promise (Function): send a new message in the queue
        • next() (Function): call this method when you've completed your jobs
          in the event callback.
      • sendMessage(params = {}) ⇒ Promise (Function) — A shortcut to send a message to the same queue processor that the event came from
  • fallbackFn — A fallback action in case a message doesn't match any conditions. Signature is same as the action mentioned above.