RavenDB 5.3 Features: Incremental time series, throttling and rate limits

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About a year and a half ago Kamran wrote an article showing how you can implement rate limits in RavenDB. He used both counters and expiration to handle this scenario. I think that incremental time series make it so much easier to work with, it’s not even funny.

Consider the following code:

Those are ~20 lines of code and that is all you need to handle a sliding window for rate limits. This will work quite nicely even with high levels of concurrency, you can also establish more interesting scenario, such as maximum 50 requests in the past 30 seconds, but also maximum of 200 requests in the past 5 minutes, etc. If you ever tried to make sense of the way Let’s Encrypt is handling rate limits, for example, you can see how you can get some really crazy complexity.

That is now all handled for you. We have the part where we record the number of operations under the limit, and the rest is limited only by your imagination.

For fun, you can now decide what you want to do with this data. If you are only interested in that for rate limiting purposes, you can tell RavenDB to just delete the old data once it is no longer of use using time series retention. You can also just roll them up to a 5 minute boundary and keep that information (for example, monitoring, audits and billing purposes come to mind).

The whole thing is far more cohesive and easier to work with.

Woah, already finished? 🤯

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