Publish/Subscribe vs Producer/Consumer?

Although both Publish/Subscribe and Producer/Consumer terms are related to messaging, they are different and can't be used interchangeably.

Publish/Subscribe is a messaging pattern where a publication is distributed to multiple receivers. A Producer is the sender of messages and consumer is the receiver of messages. Producers and consumers are an integral part of both Publish/Subscribe and Point-to-Point messaging patterns.

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There is a difference between the publish/subscribe and producer/consumer models.

Publish/Subscribe : Subscribers subscribe to the publisher. Each message the Publisher publishes is sent to all the subscribers. That is, all subscribers receive the same message. (Think of a newspaper or magazine subscription. All subscribers receive the same magazine or newspaper)

Producer/Consumer : Each message the producer produces will be consumed by a single consumer. This is a mechanism to distribute the work load to multiple consumers. (Think of the several cash registers at the supermarket. Each customer goes to a single cash register. The customers are like the messages that are produced and the cash registers are the consumers)