[hybi] Subscription/topic confusion

Michal Fojtak <fojtak.michal@gmail.com> Tue, 20 October 2015 15:43 UTC

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Subject: [hybi] Subscription/topic confusion
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WAMP protocol defines two main mechanisms - RPC via registrations and
calls, event distribution via subscribe/publish.

Callee can register procedure and such a procedure becomes an object which
is tracked internally by router. Router "is aware" of registrations. Caller
can query registrations via meta API.

This is not a story of other wamp entity - the topic. Topic as such is not
stored anyware in the router. Router is not aware of them. Potential
subscriber cannot query available topics. Ironically, you can query
subscriptions. But unless somebody subscribes to it, the topic object
exists only in publisher.
It kind of contradicts the main advantage of having a central hub - router
which is aware of all objects - procedures and topics.

Would it be possible to "register" topics like we can register procedures?
We can then get a list of topics. We can define and describe them. And
other useful things.

P.S.: The subscription id is quite confusing as well. It is not really
subscription identification. Router creates this id when a first subscriber
subscribes to the topic. If there was a topic then we would have topic id
and many subscriber ids for each individual subscriber which models the
situation more naturally.