Closed Bug 1644197 Opened 4 years ago Closed 3 years ago

Implement SSE Data listening via the ResourceWatcher API on the actor side


(DevTools :: Netmonitor, enhancement, P3)



(Fission Milestone:M7, firefox88 fixed)

88 Branch
Fission Milestone M7
Tracking Status
firefox88 --- fixed


(Reporter: ochameau, Assigned: bomsy)


(Blocks 2 open bugs)


(Whiteboard: dt-fission-m3-mvp)


(1 file)

The goal here is to implement the SSE_DATA resource from the actor side.
This is about replicating the current behavior, implemented in bug 1637920.
But instead of having a wrapper on the client side to morph the legacy front methods use to pull sse data (i.e. the legacy listener code),
we would implement an actor API matching ResourceWatcher API (i.e. watch and unwatch).

This would be about implementing a server side equivalent of this legacy listener code:
In a new server side module:

This module would typicaly look like this:

const { TYPES } = require("devtools/server/actors/resources/index");

class MyResourceWatcher {
   * Start watching for all ${MY_RESOURCE_TYPE} related to a given Target Actor.
   * This will notify about existing ${MY_RESOURCE_TYPE}, but also the one created in future.
   * @param TargetActor targetActor
   *        The target actor from which we should observe console messages
   * @param Object options
   *        Dictionary object with following attributes:
   *        - onAvailable: mandatory function
   *          This will be called for each resource.
  constructor(targetActor, { onAvailable }) {
    // In most cases, we already have some helper class which helps observing one resource
    // that we can spawn like this:
    // Note that it may often be easier to merge such `MyResourceListener` into this `MyResourceWatcher` class!
    const listener = new MyResourceListener(
      ...  /* whatever is useful for your observation */
    // Forward all future resources being observed to the upper layer calling this module,
    // via `onAvailable` callback argument.
    // I'm using EventEmitter API here, but the API may different,
    // based on the platform API we have to use to observe the resource.
    listener.on("one-of-my-resource-is-created", resource => {
      // We have to ensure that each resource object has a valid `resourceType` attribute
      resource.resourceType = TYPES.MY_RESOURCE_TYPE;
    // Also forward all resources which already exist when we are calling this method
    // (if any exists)
    const cachedResources = listener.getAllAlreadyExistingOrCachedResources();
    for(const resource of cachedResources) {
      resource.resourceType = TYPES.MY_RESOURCE_TYPE;
    // Save the listener in order to destroy/stop watching later on.
    this.listener = listener;

   * Stop watching for ${MY_RESOURCE_TYPE}.
  destroy() {
    if (this.listener) {
module.exports = MyResourceWatcher;

An important goal here is to emit the exact same resource object that the legacy listener is passing to its onAvailable callback.
Same attributes, same values, ...

Bug 1644185 could be used as a template. As it did this work for PLATFORM_MESSAGE resource type.

The main reason to do this is to be able to start listening to the resource before the page starts loading.
Thanks to the framework work done in bug 1620243, this MyResourceWatcher class will be instantiated before the page starts
loading and possibly as early as the content process just started.
This wasn't the case with legacy actor APIs like WebConsoleActor.startListeners, ThreadActor.attachThread, ...
We were calling these methods too late, only after the frontend is notify about the existance of the target, so, late after the page started loading.

You will also have to register this new module in this registry:

  • Add a new entry in TYPES object.
  • Register your new resource watcher module into Resources object.

Last but not least, it is probably a good time to review the existing tests for this Resource:
And ensure that it has a good coverage.
You would especially have to migrate all Client/Front tests, which were testing the backend behavior via targetFront.getFront("myfront").
All these tests will be removed, once we drop the legacy listeners. Because we are going to drop the server API that we no longer use.
Like WebConsoleActor/Front.getCachedMessage(), WebConsoleActor/Front.startListeners(), ThreadActor/Front.sources(), ThreadActor/, ...

Tracking dt-fission-m2-reserve bugs for Fission M7 Beta

Fission Milestone: --- → M7
Severity: -- → S3
Priority: -- → P3

Bulk move of all dt-fission-m2-reserve bugs to Fission MVP milestone.

Fission Milestone: M7 → MVP
Whiteboard: dt-fission-m2-reserve → dt-fission-m2-reserve, dt-fission-m3-mvp
Whiteboard: dt-fission-m2-reserve, dt-fission-m3-mvp → dt-fission-m3-mvp

Moving some dt-fission-m3-mvp bugs from Fission MVP to M7 (blocking Beta experiment).

Fission Milestone: MVP → M7
Assignee: nobody → hmanilla
Pushed by
[devtools] Server side listening for SSE resources r=ochameau
Closed: 3 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
Target Milestone: --- → 88 Branch
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