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EsqlateQueue - Push to a AsyncIterableIterator

September 16, 2019 — Matt Forrester

Sometimes you want to process something, but you're not interested in the result immediately because the task is not a priority to you, or maybe even the user.

For this you may well use a Queue of some variety, something like RabbitMQ, Amazon AWS's SQS or maybe even ZeroMQ.

These are all fantastic technologies but:

  • The first two require infrastructure (so perhaps not great for an OSS project you want people to use).
  • The latter, you just get a message out, which is untyped and is perhaps overly complicated / higher barrier to entry for some use cases.

However if your task is mainly just running a few PostgreSQL queries:

  • Your CPU requirements for the process are probably small (you're doing mostly IO) and PostgreSQL is taking the load.
  • You can't simply scale to many nodes without complications such as pgBouncer or similar because of how PostgreSQL handles connections (memory).
  • You want to keep it super simple as you know the demand for the service will be small.

If these are your requirements and you're using TypeScript, you may want a typed solution for a really simple Queue this may be the answer.

What it does

This allows you to use one simple worker function (EsqlateQueueWorker<Q, R> = (item: Q) => Promise<R>) which has a parameter of a queue item, and transforms it into the item you want as the finished product and the end of the queue.

Passing this EsqlateQueueWorker to the getEsqlateQueue() function will return an object with two methods, these are:

  • push() which you use to add things for processing.
  • results(), which will when called, return an AsyncIterableIterator which you can use a for-of to get the results.

Currently it does not support any form of parallelism, but is well typed and has zero dependencies.

import { EsqlateQueueWorker } from '../src/index';
import getEsqlateQueue from '../src/index';

// Create a worker. This will be used to process the items in the Queue.
const queueWorker: EsqlateQueueWorker<number,string> = (n) => {
    return new Promise((resolve) => {
        setTimeout(() => {
            resolve("Number: A" + n);
        }, 5);

// Create an instance of the Queue
const esqlateQueue = getEsqlateQueue(queueWorker);

// Push items onto the Queue... afterwards, otherwise we'd never get to the loop
    async () => {

let n = 1;

// Process the Queue Results (which also start the queue processing)
for await (const s of esqlateQueue.results()) {
    assert(s == "Number: A" + (n++));


To install, use NPM:

npm install esqlate-queue

The code is licensed under MIT.

You can find this project at GitHub. Tags: typescript, queue