Latest 2.0.5
Homepage https://github.com/ngallo/SwiftTaskLibrary
License MIT
Platforms ios 9.3, requires ARC
Authors

What is SwiftTaskLibrary

It is a Swift porting of the .net TPL. The purpose of the TPL is to make
developers more productive by simplifying the process of adding parallelism
and concurrency to applications.

Create a Task

A Task represents an asynchronous operation that is created and started by the means of the TaskFactory class.

The TaskFactoryclass implement the following methods:

  • startSync: Starts a Task synchronously
  • startAsync: Starts a Task asynchronously
  • startAfter: Starts a Task asynchronously after the input number of milliseconds.
TaskFactory.startAsync(TaskScheduler.background()) {
    return "Hello World!"
}

A continuation that executes asynchronously when the Task completes can be defined to the created Task.

let task = TaskFactory.startAsync(TaskScheduler.background()) {
    return "Hello World!"
}

task.continueWith(TaskScheduler.ui()) {
    [unowned self] task in
    println(task.result ?? "NO RESULT")
}

Create a TaskCompletionSource

A TaskCompletionSource represents the producer side of a Task unbound to a delegate, providing access to the consumer side through the Task property.

It is a source for creating a task, and the source for that task’s completion. In essence, a TaskCompletionSource acts as the producer for a Task and its completion.

Using a TaskCompletionSource is quite handy when you don’t have control of the asynchronus operation (for instance the operation is started by a third party library).

//Creates  a new CancellationTokenSource
let cTokenSource = CancellationTokenSource()

//Defines a task continuation on the task created by the CancellationTokenSource
cTokenSource.task.continueWith(TaskScheduler.ui()) {
    [unowned self] task in
    println(task.result ?? "NO RESULT")
}

//Code that is not using `Task` to create the asynchronus operation
dispatch_async(dispatch_get_global_queue(QOS_CLASS_BACKGROUND, 0)) {
    println("TaskCompletionSource - Running")
    sleep(5)
    // Complete the task created by the CancellationTokenSource
    tcs.setResult(self.getResult("TaskCompletionSource - Completed"))
}

Create asynchronous methods

Separation of the concerns reduce coupling and increase cohesion of the application.

An example of separation of concerns is the DAL (Data Access Layer).
The DAL is a layer which provided simplified access to data stored in persistent storage.

The DAL performs IO operations because of that Api must be asynchronous.

Below and exmaple of how an Api may look like.

Sample 1 – DataAccessLayer Protocol

public protocol DataAccessLayer {
    func getOrders(success:([Order]) -> Void, failure:(NSError) -> Void))    
}

In order to use the DataAccessLayer two closures have to passed in input.

Below an example of code which uses the DAL and perform an action on the UI thread once the asynchronous operation is completed.

Sample 2 – Usage of the DataAccessLayer

let dal = OrdersDataAccessLayer()
dal.getOrders({
    orders in 
        dispatch_sync(dispatch_get_main_queue(), { 
            () -> Void in
            update(orders)
        })
    },
    failure: {
        error in 
        dispatch_sync(dispatch_get_main_queue(), { 
            () -> Void in
            log(error)
        })
})

Using SwiftTaskLibrary the DAL code would be implemented as following.

Sample 3 – DataAccessLayer Protocol

public protocol DataAccessLayer {
    func getOrdersAsync() -> Task<[Order]>    
}

Sample 3 – Usage of the DataAccessLayer

let dal = OrdersDataAccessLayer()
dal.getOrdersAsync()
    .continueWith(TaskScheduler.ui()) { 
        task in
        if (task.isFaulted) {
            log(task.error)
            return
        }
        update(task.result)
}

Latest podspec

{
    "name": "SwiftTaskLibrary",
    "version": "2.0.5",
    "summary": "A Swift porting of the .net TPL.",
    "description": "SwiftTaskLibrary is a Swift porting of the .net TPL. The purpose of the TPL is to make developers more productive by simplifying the process of adding parallelism and concurrency to applications.nIt is implemented on the top of the Grand Central Dispatch. A task can be executed either synchronously or asynchronously, as well as this, the library  provides a retrying mechanism for sync & async operations.",
    "homepage": "https://github.com/ngallo/SwiftTaskLibrary",
    "license": {
        "type": "MIT"
    },
    "authors": {
        "Nicola Gallo": "[email protected]"
    },
    "platforms": {
        "ios": "9.3"
    },
    "source": {
        "git": "https://github.com/ngallo/SwiftTaskLibrary.git",
        "tag": "2.0.5"
    },
    "source_files": "SwiftTaskLibrary/**/*.{h,swift}",
    "requires_arc": true,
    "pushed_with_swift_version": "3.0"
}

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