Jul 29, 2023

Embrace the Circuit Breaker Pattern with Go

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Vitor Águila
by Vitor Águila
Embrace the Circuit Breaker Pattern with Go

Hey there, coding enthusiasts! Today, we're gonna explore the fascinating world of the Circuit Breaker pattern. Yeah, you heard it right - we're stepping into the robust arena of managing external service integrations in web projects. Ready to roll? Let's get started!

What's this Circuit Breaker Pattern?

Imagine you're sending request after request to an external API, but it's just not responding. Frustrating, right? That's where our hero, the Circuit Breaker pattern, steps in.

This pattern's superpower is that it immediately identifies when an external API is unavailable, saving you from useless requests. And when the API is back in action, the Circuit Breaker lets the requests flow again.

Go, Circuit Breaker, Go!

Now, meet gobreaker the Go library that implements this pattern. It offers a state machine in the form of a struct called CircuitBreaker. You can create a new one using the NewCircuitBreaker function.

Here's the cool part - the CircuitBreaker can be customized using the Settings struct. You get to control the max number of requests, interval duration, timeout duration, and even the functions that trip the breaker and check the request's success.

Want to wrap any function and send a request using the CircuitBreaker ? Easy peasy, just use the Execute method.

Let's Dive Into Some Code!

cb := gobreaker.NewCircuitBreaker(gobreaker.Settings{
  MaxRequests: 3,
  Interval:    time.Duration(30) * time.Second,
  Timeout:     time.Duration(60) * time.Second,
  OnStateChange: func(name string, from gobreaker.State, to gobreaker.State) {
    fmt.Printf("Circuit Breaker State: %v => %v\n", from, to)
  ReadyToTrip: func(counts gobreaker.Counts) bool {
    failureRatio := float64(counts.TotalFailures) / float64(counts.Requests)
    return counts.Requests >= 3 && failureRatio >= 0.6

_, err := cb.Execute(func() (interface{}, error) {
  // Your function here
  return nil, nil

Let's Get Resilient with Microservices

The Circuit Breaker pattern is a game-changer in the world of microservice architecture. It shields your services from cascading failures, ensuring smooth inter-service communication.

It's all about resilience! With the retrier concept, you can automatically retry failed requests and implement backoff mechanisms.

More Code? Yes, Please!

Let's see how we can implement retries using the go-resilence package.

r := retrier.New(retrier.ExponentialBackoff(5, 100*time.Millisecond), nil)

err := r.Run(func() error {
  // Your function here
  return nil

Monitor Like a Pro

Let's not forget the importance of monitoring and metrics. Tools like Hystrix Dashboard and Netflix Turbine help you keep an eye on your circuit breakers.

Circuit Breaker + Retry = Unstoppable

Combine the Circuit Breaker and Retry mechanisms, and you get a resilient system that can handle intermittent network hiccups with ease. Test them, integrate them into your production environment, and watch them work their magic!

So folks, that's the Circuit Breaker pattern for you. It's time to code, experiment, and make your systems more resilient. Happy coding!

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