Kestrel vs Starling: What are the differences?
What is Kestrel? Simple, distributed message queue system. Kestrel is based on Blaine Cook's "starling" simple, distributed message queue, with added features and bulletproofing, as well as the scalability offered by actors and the JVM.
What is Starling? A light weight server for reliable distributed message passing. Starling is a powerful but simple messaging server that enables reliable distributed queuing with an absolutely minimal overhead. It speaks the MemCache protocol for maximum cross-platform compatibility. Any language that speaks MemCache can take advantage of Starling's queue facilities.
Kestrel and Starling belong to "Message Queue" category of the tech stack.
Some of the features offered by Kestrel are:
- Written by Robey Pointer
- Starling clone written in Scala (a port of Starling from Ruby to Scala)
- Queues are stored in memory, but logged on disk
On the other hand, Starling provides the following key features:
- Written by Blaine Cook at Twitter
- Starling is a Message Queue Server based on MemCached
- Written in Ruby
Kestrel and Starling are both open source tools. It seems that Kestrel with 2.8K GitHub stars and 326 forks on GitHub has more adoption than Starling with 468 GitHub stars and 63 GitHub forks.