Adisp is a library that allows structuring code with asynchronous calls and
callbacks without defining callbacks as separate functions. The code then
becomes sequential and easy to read. The library is not a framework by itself
and can be used in other environments that provides asynchronous working model
(see an example with Tornado server in proxy_example.py).
## Organizing calling code
All the magic is done with Python 2.5 decorators that allow for control flow to
leave a function, do sometihing else for some time and then return into the
calling function with a result. So the function that makes asynchronous calls
should look like this:
response = yield some_async_func()
data = parse_response(response)
result = yield some_other_async_func(data)
Each `yield` is where the function returns and lets the framework around it to
do its job. And the code after `yield` is what usually goes in a callback.
The @process decorator is needed around such a function. It makes it callable
as an ordinary function and takes care of dispatching callback calls back into
## Writing asynchronous function
In the example above functions "some_async_func" and "some_other_async_func"
are those that actually run an asynchronous process. They should follow two
- accept a "callback" parameter with a callback function that they should call
after an asynchronous process is finished
- a callback should be called with one parameter -- the result
- be wrapped in the @async decorator
The @async decorator makes a function call lazy allowing the @process that
calls it to provide a callback to call.
Using async with @-syntax is most convenient when you write your own
asynchronous function (and can make your callback parameter to be named
"callback"). But when you want to call some library function you can wrap it in
async in place.
# call http.fetch(url, callback=callback)
result = yield async(http.fetch)
# call http.fetch(url, cb=safewrap(callback))
result = yield async(http.fetch, cbname='cb', cbwrapper=safewrap)(url)
Here you can use two optional parameters for async:
- `cbname`: a name of a parameter in which the function expects callbacks
- `cbwrapper`: a wrapper for the callback iself that will be applied before
## Chain calls
@async function can also be @process'es allowing to effectively chain
asynchronous calls as it can be done with normal functions. In this case the
@async decorator shuold be the outer one:
def async_calling_other_asyncs(arg, callback):
## Multiple asynchronous calls
The library also allows to call multiple asynchronous functions in parallel and
get all their result for processing at once:
def async_http_get(url, callback):
# get url asynchronously
# call callback(response) at the end
urls = ['http://.../', 'http://.../', ... ]
responses = yield map(async_http_get, urls)
After *all* the asynchronous calls will complete `responses` will be a list of
responses corresponding to given urls.
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