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NodeJS streams to solve a data movement problem, minimizing memory and increasing speed

As you may know, YepCode uses JavaScript as programming language, and NodeJS is the current execution engine.We are working to support other languages like Python or Go! in the future.

NodeJS is an open-source, cross-platform, single-threaded runtime environment for building fast and scalable server-side and network applications.

It uses a non-blocking, event-driven I/O architecture, making it efficient and suitable for real-time applications.

One of the advantages of using NodeJS is that it allows you to handle a large number of simultaneous connections with high performance. It is fast, efficient and widely used for Chatbots, Streaming applications (Netflix uses it!) and IOT.

As seen before, moving information between applications can be an extremely tedious task, especially if we are dealing with large volumes of data.

Today we bring you an example demonstrating how YepCode can solve a data movement problem while minimizing memory consumption and with great transfer data rates.

What can I use a NodeJS Stream for?

A Stream is a flow of information that programmers usually use to transfer data. 'Streams' were built to handle data in real-time through a buffer.

Their main advantage is that you do not need to store the entire data in memory at the same time, but parts of this data. So it can also process file streams that can be read in parts without their full context.

Streams are very useful when we need to query information that comes from multiple data sources.

This sample shows one need that one of our clients had, as they needed to download a CSV file, process each CSV line, convert each entry to a JSON format upload it to an FTP server and also insert each row in a Microsoft SQL Server database. This use case could be a full project created from scratch, but with YepCode, and some dozens of lines of code, it's done!

The YepCode integrations used have streams support, so we are able to create a stream from the file URL, pipe the content to a transformer that converts each entry to a JSON, and in parallel, pipe that JSON to the FTP and SQL Server integrations. All the process is extremely fast and with no memory consumption!

Watch how to execute this Stream process in the next video

If you watch the video below, you will see an example of the execution of this process.

As you may see, we copy the URL and when we hit the execution, italready asks us for the URLof the file that we include. We run it and this is already processing all the data.

As we have said before, the process does not load all data in memory.

You can also observe that the process has finished successfully, processing the entire 89 rows.

If you now go to the FTP server we will see that the generated JSON data is here.

Here you can also see that the process has converted the .CSV to a JSON format.

And finally, if you go to the SQL Server Database, you will see that we have 89 records.

Remember that our Docs platform includes every single detail to make the most out of YepCode,

Enjoy the video and...

Happy coding! 🧑‍💻

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