Guide: Getting Setup

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Today, you will

  • get a development environment setup, including the cli

  • See some helper services we provide to make things easier

  • build a couple of microservices

  • have them do something useful

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Setting up your Environment

Muon is not demanding of you development environment. You can use your regular IDE, and your language and frameworks of choice, so long as the language runtime is currently supported.

One thing that is necessary is support for the network transport that Muon services will use to communicate with each other.

Currently, AMQP is best supported, and so that is what we will use.

Aside from that, you don’t need anything else to develop Muon services.

That said, we provide a set of Microservices that give a set of basic functionality that we find is often wanted.

These are (as of writing):-

  • Photon - an Event Store and Projection engine

  • Molecule - a pluggable React based UI

These, along with RabbitMQ, give the base environment we recommend for you to get started developing Muon services.

We provide two main routes to get them, a Docker Compose environment, and a Vagrant VM that wraps the Docker Compose environment.


If you language is not currently supported, come and join the libMuon effort!

This is implementing Muon in a native Rust library, with support for bindings into many other languages.

When complete, we will have very broad language capability, and full interoperability with the existing Muon libraries and services.

Installing the Base Services using Docker Compose

Go to and follow the instructions there.

once complete, you will have the services running, you can check them with the CLI (installed below) or by visiting the Molecule UI at http://localhost:3420

Installing the Base Services using Vagrant

This is awaiting a stable vagrant build

Installing the CLI

Muon provides a CLI. You install this using npm, from the Node.js environment.

You do not need to code in JavaScript or use node beyond this if you don’t want to, but it is currently required to use the CLI.

Install NPM (as at

Then install muon using

> npm install -g muon-cli

Check it’s working using the discover commmand, or it’s short version d. This will list all of the currently running Muon services.

You will need to set the MUON_URL environment variable first, which tells Muon how to connect to the network transport/ discovery service. In this case, RabbitMQ

> export MUON_URL=amqp://muon:microservices@localhost
> muon d

Once this works, you have a running CLI, and you can begin to interrogate what the services can do.

Likely, you only have Photon and Molecule running.

Let’s build some more!

Building a multi protocol API

We are building a Pie shop management system. We will start designing and building proper services in the next section. Today though, we just want to get something running.

Often, the easiest way to get started with a system is to define the queries that you need to make. Without concerning yourself with changing data, we can effectively stub out the data we want to provide.

With Muon, we have the opportunity to incorporate multiple different protocols to make our API.

Built in, we can use RPC for simple request/ response, and Reactive Streaming, for streaming push updates.

For this API, we will build an API for the Menu.

This will be ultimately be made available on the web, on tabletop displays and wait staff mobile devices (although we won’t build a mobile app in this tutorial!)

In this case, the data set is small, and so instead of providing granular APIs, we will request the entire data set and process it in local memory to get the best performance and tolerate network failure.

We will provide two endpoints, one RPC and the other Stream. This will allow clients to get the current state, and also receive push updates whenever we update the menu data

Muon Java Microservice

The Menu service, we will write in Java. To get started wth this, download Gradle.

Try using SDKMan

Create the build file

Create a new Gradle build file as below.

buildscript {
    ext {
        springBootVersion = '1.4.2.RELEASE' (1)
    repositories {
    dependencies {

apply plugin: 'java'
apply plugin: 'org.springframework.boot'

sourceCompatibility = 1.8
version = '1.0'

springBoot {
    mainClass = 'pieshop.Menu'   (2)

repositories {
    maven { url '' }  (3)

dependencies {
    def muonVersion = "7.1.3"         (4)
    compile "io.muoncore:muon-core:$muonVersion"
    compile "io.muoncore:muon-transport-amqp:$muonVersion"
    compile "io.muoncore:muon-discovery-amqp:$muonVersion"
    compile 'io.reactivex.rxjava2:rxjava:2.0.3'            (5)

task wrapper(type: Wrapper) {
    gradleVersion = '3.2.1'
1 We use the Spring Boot gradle plugin to give us easy uberjar and app distribution
2 Set the main class for the spring boot plugin run command
3 Add the Artifactory url where the muon libraries can be found
4 The latest version of Muon, with the basic libraries for connecting to AMQP.
5 The current version of RxJava, which we will use to build a streaming endpoint

Create the standard file structure


Create Muon Service class

To start with, we need a single class to put our Muon API in. Later in the series we will separate them up.

Create the class referenced above pieshop.Menu as a regular Java class with a Main method.

like this

package pieshop;

import io.muoncore.Muon;
import io.muoncore.MuonBuilder;
import io.muoncore.config.AutoConfiguration;
import io.muoncore.config.MuonConfigBuilder;
import io.muoncore.protocol.reactivestream.server.PublisherLookup;
import io.reactivex.Flowable;

import static io.muoncore.protocol.requestresponse.server.HandlerPredicates.all;

public class Menu {

  public static void main(String[] args) {
    AutoConfiguration config =
      MuonConfigBuilder.withServiceIdentifier(  (1)

    Muon muon = MuonBuilder.withConfig(config).build();  (2)

    muon.handleRequest(all(), request -> {              (3)
      request.ok("hello world");

    muon.publishSource(                                 (4)
      Flowable.just("Hello", "World", "Item"));         (5)
1 Construct a configuration for Muon. Here using all the defaults and call the service menu
2 Using the configuration, build a running Muon instance
3 Create an RPC protocol request handler. This uses all(), which matches any incoming request
4 Create a new reactive streaming endpoint named mysource
5 Use an RxJava2 as the source for the endpoint.

This can be run using the bootRun command from the Spring Boot Gradle plugin

> gradle bootRun

You can then make a request to the service using the CLI and recieve hello world in return

> muon rpc rpc://menu/

You can subscribe to the stream endpoint like so

> muon stream stream://menu/mysource

The subscription will request and print all items, then when the source Flowable sends the complete signal, the cli will cleanly exit.

Make as a Common Build Tool

You will notice that all of the projects, including the starter above, use Make as the entry point.

This is by design. We are going to be crossing between multiple build tools, invoking various forms of build, test, release, deploy and so on. Each tool has different requirements, and some of the phases aren’t always necessary.

Remembering all of this will be a pain. So, we use make, and standardise the targets. This gives you somewhere to start figuring out how the build tool doing the heavy lifting underneath wants to be run.


You now have a Muon environment ready to build services with. You will be building lots of them.

In the next episode of the series, you will:

  • Create a set of microservices that form the API of the shop.

  • Understand how to use the two protocols above to service the data in different forms.