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Pattern: Publish events using database triggers


A service typically need to atomically update the database and publish messages/events. For example, perhaps it uses the Saga pattern. In order to be reliable, each step of a saga must atomically update the database and publish messages/events. Alternatively, it might use the Domain event pattern, perhaps to implement CQRS. In either case, it is not viable to use a distributed transaction that spans the database and the message broker to atomically update the database and publish messages/events.


How to reliably/atomically update the database and publish messages/events.


  • 2PC is not an option


One or more database triggers insert events into an EVENTS table, which is polled by a separate process that publishes the events.

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