Let me start by saying, node-rdkafka is a godsend. When we first started using it, the library was the only one fully compatible with the latest version of Kafka and the SSL and SASL features. I owe webmakersteve and other contributors all a six-pack of beer for making this possible (thank you!!!!).
With that said, I guarantee you . . .
Postgres Advisory Locks are a great solution for arbitrary application locks, particularly in scenarios where you are already using Postgres and have a need to block concurrent mutations to a resource (that resource DOES NOT have to be data in Postgres).
Concurrency is hard
We ran into a problem . . .
Logging and Exception Reporting are two obvious operational features every service must include. As we learned in the last post, Application Support in Docker-based Microservice Environments, building and deploying microservices makes implementing log infrastructure significantly more difficult.
The most difficult problem DevOps . . .