Problem on calling a "Command" in the Denormalizer event...

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Gorton Zhao

Dec 15, 2014, 10:45:01 PM12/15/14
According to NCQRS documentation, a command should usually update the ReadModel database or call a remote service via the Denormaliser (events). Can I call another command inside the Denormalizer event method? 

It does not seem me to be able to do it as the NCQRS throws the exception says that there is already a unit of work created for this context when I do this. What I am going to do is to create three Commands (MakePayment, CompletePaymentProcess and RecordPaymentProcessError). In the Denormalizer event of MakePayment command, I will call CompletePaymentProcess command if it is successful, otherwise I will call RecordPaymentProcessError command. The reason for calling this two commands is just for having the process results stored in the event table. How would you suggest to do with this in NCQRS?

Thanks and regards, Gorton

Galen Parker

Dec 16, 2014, 4:05:38 AM12/16/14
 Can I call another command inside the Denormalizer event method? 

Nope. Don't do this.

* Design your denormalizers so they are replay friendly. Thats one of the big perks of CQRS is the ability to replay the events and generate new or modified read models. Having your event handlers issue commands (that generate more events) removes this characteristic.

There is another way which is possible using Ncqrs.Messaging that allows your aggregates to dispatch "Messages" (that act like commands) to other aggregates.

I had much trouble with this approach and ended up abandoning the entire concept of "ncqrs aggregates" issuing command like messages.

Instead I switched over to NServiceBus based Sagas/Process Managers that act as my Bounded Context and Aggregate messaging orchestrators.

For example I have a process manager called:   PendingOrderApprovalProcess

This saga listens for EVENTS generated by my domain and handles the construction ,ordering and dispatching of related commands to fulfil the process of approving an order.

Even tho the Saga is an event handler, you should have this in a seperate concept seperate to your read model denormalizers. (Obviously replaying events should not re-run the PendingOrderApprovalProcess).

I hope this helps.


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