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Saar Ryan Cohen
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How to build your own “DoorDash” app

Apractical, (relatively) easy-to-do tutorial for developing an event-driven, distributed food delivery app, just like “Uber Eats” or “Wolt”.

Many thanks to Dhanush Kamath for the use case and supporting article.

Meet Fastmart — The fastest and most reliable food delivery app ever built.


The technology stack we will use -


  • Node.js as our primary dev-lang
  • MongoDB for order persistency
  • Memphis is a message broker for developers
  • Kubernetes will host our microservices

Event-driven architecture using Message Broker

High-Level Plan

  1. Install Minikube using brew package manager.
  2. Install Memphis over Minikube.
  3. Clone “Fastmart” GitHub repo.
  4. Review the code, the different services, and how they interact with each other.
  5. Deploy “Fastmart” over Kubernetes.
  6. Order food!

Let’s start!

1.Install Minikube
For the installation commands, please head here:

minikube is local Kubernetes, focusing on making it easy to learn and develop for Kubernetes.

All you need is Docker (or similarly compatible) container or a Virtual Machine environment, and Kubernetes is a single command away: minikube start

What you’ll need

  • 2 CPUs or more
  • 2GB of free memory
  • 20GB of free disk space
  • Internet connection

Container or virtual machine manager, such as Docker, Hyperkit, Hyper-V, KVM, Parallels, Podman, VirtualBox, or VMware Fusion/Workstation

Output -


Verify minikube is health —

kubectl get ns

Output —

default Active 31h
kube-node-lease Active 31h
kube-public Active 31h
kube-system Active 31h

2.Install Memphis

helm repo add memphis && helm install memphis memphis/memphis — set connectionToken=”memphis” — create-namespace — namespace memphis

Let’s wait a minute or two, allowing the different components to reach “Running” state.

kubectl get pods -n memphis

Output -

NAME                           READY   STATUS             RESTARTS      AGE
k8s-busybox-68867bb9b7-sqdql   0/1     CrashLoopBackOff   4 (68s ago)   3m13s
memphis-broker-0               3/3     Running            4 (55s ago)   3m13s
memphis-ui-fd54f5bd6-zzqd4     0/1     CrashLoopBackOff   4 (79s ago)   3m13s
mongodb-replica-0              1/1     Running            0             3m13s
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NAME                           READY   STATUS             RESTARTS      AGE
k8s-busybox-68867bb9b7-sqdql   0/1     CrashLoopBackOff   4 (76s ago)   3m21s
memphis-broker-0               3/3     Running            4 (63s ago)   3m21s
memphis-ui-fd54f5bd6-zzqd4     1/1     Running            5 (87s ago)   3m21s
mongodb-replica-0              1/1     Running            0             3m21s
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k8s-busybox can be ignored. It will be fixed in the coming versions

3.Clone the Fastmart repo

git clone

4.System Architecture, Code, and Flow


Follow the numbers to understand the flow.

FastMart has three main components:

order-service - Exposes REST endpoints that allow clients to fetch the food menu, place an order and track the order in real-time.

A new order will be saved in mongo with the status “Pending” and will be produced (Pushed) into the “orders” station

GET: /<orderId>
Example: curl http://order-service:3000/30
POST: /<order_details>
Example: curl -X POST http://order-service:3000/api/orders -d ‘{“items”:[{“name”:”burger”,”quantity”:1}], “email”:””}’ -H ‘Content-Type: application/json’


The code responsible for communicating with Memphis will be found on -


const memphis = require(“memphis-dev”);
const { logger } = require(‘./loggerService’)
const MEMPHIS_HOST = process.env.MEMPHIS_HOST || ‘localhost’; // create MQ connection string using environment variable
const MEMPHIS_TOKEN = process.env.MEMPHIS_TOKEN;
let ordersStation_producer = null;
const memphisConnect = async () => {
try {
Memphis — trying to connect)
await memphis.connect({
connectionToken: MEMPHIS_TOKEN
Memphis — connection established)
ordersStation_producer = await memphis.producer({
stationName: “orders”,
producerName: “order_service”,
ordersStation_producer created)
} catch(ex) {
Memphis — ${ex}`);

  • Publish order to station
  • @param {Object} order — order object containing order details / const publishOrderToStation = (order) => { ordersStation_producer.produce({message: Buffer.from(JSON.stringify(order))}); — order ${order._id} placed); } /*
  • An express middleware for injecting queue services into the request object.
  • @param {Object} req — express request object.
  • @param {Object} res — express response object.
  • @param {Function} next — express next() function. */ const injectPublishService = (req, res, next) => { // add all exchange operations here const stationServices = { publishOrderToStation: publishOrderToStation } // inject exchangeServices in request object req.stationServices = stationServices; next(); } module.exports = { injectPublishService: injectPublishService, memphisConnect: memphisConnect, }`

email-service - Responsible for notifying the client of the different stages.

email-service consumer messages from two stations: orders and notifications.

As soon as an order is inserted into the station, the email service notifies the client with an order confirmation.

At the same time listens for new notification requests of other services


resturant-service - Responsible for fulfilling an order.

  1. Consume an order
  2. Process the order
  3. Change order status at the MongoDB level to “Accepted”
  4. Using constant sleep time to mimic the preparation of the food by the restaurant
  5. Change order status at the MongoDB level to “Delivered”
  6. Sending notification to the client


5.Deploy “Fastmart” over Kubernetes

Fastmart repo tree -

Fastmart files tree

To deploy Fastmart namespace and different services,

please run kubectl apply -f k8s-deployment.yaml

kubectl get pods -n fastmart

Output -

email-service-5ddb9b58d6-bq2xd       0/1     CrashLoopBackOff   3          103s
fastmart-ui-5c9bc497bd-kn4lk         1/1     Running            0          11m
orders-service-5b689b66-4h8t9        0/1     CrashLoopBackOff   7          11m
resturant-service-6d97cf6fdc-c9mvs   0/1     Completed          4          103s
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Let’s understand why Fastmart services cant start

kubectl logs email-service-5ddb9b58d6-bq2xd -n fastmart

Output -

> email-service@1.0.0 start
> node ./index.js

17-05-2022 07:10:09 PM - info: Sleeping for 300ms before connecting to Memphis.
17-05-2022 07:10:09 PM - info: Memphis - trying to connect
17-05-2022 07:10:09 PM - info: email-service started
17-05-2022 07:10:09 PM - fatal: Memphis - User is not exist
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It appears that the services try to connect to “Memphis” with the user “fastmart” which does not exist and we require to create it.

The simplest way to add a new user would be through the UI, but let’s do it via CLI.

Please install Memphis CLI via here.

$ mem
Usage: index <command> [options]
-V, — version output the version number
-h, — help display help for command
connect Connection to Memphis
factory Factories usage commands
station Stations usage commands
user Users usage commands
producer Producers usage commands
consumer Consumer usage commands
init Creates an example project for working with Memphis
help display help for command
Factory is the place to bind stations that have some close business logic
Factory Commands:
ls List of factories
create Create new factory
edit Edit factory name and/or description
del Delete a factory
Station is Memphis’ queue/topic/channel/subject
Station Commands:
ls List of stations
create Create new station
info Specific station’s info
del Delete a station
Manage users and permissions
User Commands:
ls List of users
add Add new user
del Delete user
Producer is the entity who can send messages into stations
Producer Commands:
ls List of Producers
Consumer is the entity who can consume messages from stations
Consumer Commands:
ls List of Consumers

To connect the CLI with Memphis control plane we need —

  • root password

kubectl get secret memphis-creds -n memphis -o jsonpath=”{.data.ROOT_PASSWORD}” | base64 — decode

  • memphis control-plane url

kubectl port-forward service/memphis-cluster 7766:7766 6666:6666 5555:5555 — namespace memphis > /dev/null &

Now, connect the CLI

mem connect — user root — password bpdASQlhwWNzFt4JwLQo — server localhost:5555


Add the user “fastmart”

mem user add -u fastmart — type application

Or via the UI



**Soon after we will create the user,

the pods will restart automatically and reconnect with Memphis.**

List of factories encapsulate stations

Station overview


6.Order food!
To expose the orders-service through localhost, run -

kubectl port-forward service/orders 9001:80 — namespace fastmart > /dev/null &

Get the menu

curl localhost:9001/api/menu

Output -


Make an order

curl -X POST localhost:9001/api/orders -d ‘{“items”:[{“name”:”burger”,”quantity”:1}], “email”:””}’ -H ‘Content-Type: application/json’

An email should arrive shortly at the email address specified above.



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