IronWorker CaaS Worker: SideKiq Setup

In this article, we will tell you the steps you need to set up SideKiq for IronWorker.


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Setup Outline:

  1. Create a new Ruby Project
  2. Write the code
  3. Run the worker
  4. Queue a message
  5. Notes
  6. Security
  7. Pros & Cons

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SideKiq pronounced Side-Kick is a lightweight Ruby library that provides jobs worker; it relays on Redis in the background as its database.

To implement the SideKiq worker server, you need to have a machine with Ruby and Redis installed on it.

The following steps will show the basic steps need to write your first SideKiq Worker server code.

1. Create a new Ruby project

Create a new directory and add “GemFile” with the following gem and run $ bundle to build your project

source "h​ttps://​"

gem "sidekiq"

2. Write the Code

Will write a simple code for client and server and define the worker “Perform” function, which executes based on queued job complexity in our use case example.

IronWorker CaaS Worker: SideKiq Setup

3. Run the worker

To start the server run $ bundle exec sidekiq -r ./worker.rb

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4. Queue a message

Run the client
$ bundle exec irb -r ./worker.rb

Call Ourworker.perform_async message to queue a message and pass complexity

On the running server console, you can see the asynchronous processing of the queued jobs and the time it takes depending on each one complexity

5. Notes

SideKiq is a lightweight tool for rapid implementation of Worker system if you are familiar with Ruby and can dedicate a server to run the worker and its dependencies

6. Security

SideKiq is compliant with GDPR

7. Pros & Cons

Pros of SideKiq is that it’s a super-fast worker tool with multithreading, automatically configured with Redis, suitable for the application-level worker solutions.

On the other side, it works only with Redis, and if Redis crashes while handling a queue data could be lost.

Unlike IronWorker, it requires a managed server to run and you have to use Ruby, and it requires several dependencies.


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