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A RabbitMQ-based background worker system for Ruby designed to make managing heterogenous tasks relatively easy.

The use case for Woodhouse is for reliable and sane performance in situations where jobs on a single queue may vary significantly in length. The goal is to permit large numbers of quick jobs to be serviced even when many slow jobs are in the queue. A secondary goal is to provide a sane way for jobs on a given queue to be given special priority or dispatched to a server more suited to them.

Woodhouse 0.0.x is production-ready for Rails 2 and Ruby 1.8, while 0.1.x is in active development for Ruby 1.9.

Please look at the wiki for documentation.




Woodhouse originated in a substantially modified version of the Workling background worker system, although all code has since been replaced.

This library was developed for CrowdCompass and was released as open source with their permission.