Carl Burks is a software developer for a global financial institution. With over ten years experience in technology and software development for financial organizations and over twenty years of software experience, Carl Burks provides articles, musings and insight into technology issues, software development, and other selected topics.

STOMP fail


Carl Burks

About a month or two ago I started a project to make a web development skeleton. A sort of playground/quickstart for my other projects. I had switched to use WebSockets on Python with Flask instead of a standard WebApi. Things were going well. I had the idea to remove the Flask layer and make it talk directly to RabbitMQ. I read up on the STOMP protocol and made an attempt to use the STOMP framework from:

stomp websocket

I couldn't get it to work and thought maybe the library was at fault. It was written in CoffeeScript and I figured it could use a replacement. I started working on a replacement in TypeScript. Yes, I realize the irony in that. After playing around with multiple settings and ports and configuration options I hit a wall. I could nc to the RabbitMQ server and manually send command and get a reply but in the browser the websockets refused to connect.

Sending this via nc:



gets a reply from the server.

Tried switching from RabbitMQ to ActiveMQ. Same result. Tried installing the queues directly instead of via docker. Same result. I'm going to take a little break from my WebDevSkeleton and stop efforts on STOMP.

Thanks to my good friend at 8charmax for spending time working on this with me. -Carl Burks