Wikimedia is releasing a new service: EventStreams
<https://wikitech.wikimedia.org/wiki/EventStreams>. This service allows
us to publish arbitrary streams of JSON event data to the public. (Psssst:
we’re looking for cool new uses
put on an upcoming blog post.)
Initially, the only stream available will be good ol’ RecentChanges
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Manual:RCFeed>. This event stream overlaps
functionality already provided by irc.wikimedia.org
<https://wikitech.wikimedia.org/wiki/RCStream>. However, this new service
has advantages over these (now deprecated) services.
We can expose more than just RecentChanges.
Events are delivered over streaming HTTP (chunked transfer) instead of
IRC or socket.io. This requires less client side code and fewer special
routing cases on the server side.
Streams can be resumed from the past. By using EventSource, a
disconnected client will automatically resume the stream from where it left
off, as long as it resumes within one week. In the future, we would like
to allow users to specify historical timestamps from which they would like
to begin consuming, if this proves safe and tractable.
I did say deprecated! Okay okay, we may never be able to fully deprecate
. It’s used by too many (probably sentient by now) bots
out there. We do plan to obsolete RCStream, and to turn it off in a
reasonable amount of time. The deadline iiiiiis July 7th, 2017. All
services that rely on RCStream should migrate to the HTTP based
EventStreams service by this date. We are committed to assisting you in
this transition, so let us know how we can help.
Unfortunately, unlike RCStream, EventStreams does not have server side
event filtering (e.g. by wiki) quite yet. How and if this should be done
is still under discussion <https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T152731>.
The RecentChanges data you are used to remains the same, and is available
. However, we may
have something different for you, if you find it useful. We have been
internally producing new Mediawiki specific events
 for a while now, and could expose these via EventStreams as well.
Take a look at these events, and tell us what you think. Would you find
them useful? How would you like to subscribe to them? Individually as
separate streams, or would you like to be able to compose multiple event
types into a single stream via an API? These things are all possible.
I asked for a lot of feedback in the above paragraphs. Let’s try and
centralize this discussion over on the mediawiki.org
EventStreams talk page
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Talk:EventStreams>. In summary, the
What RCStream clients do you maintain, and how can we help you migrate
to EventStreams? <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Topic:Tkjkee2j684hkwc9>
Is server side filtering, by wiki or arbitrary event field, useful to
Would you like to consume streams other than RecentChanges?
available events are described the event-schemas repository
- Andrew Otto