Computation priority

For sure, you've noticed that function should be pure... or watch, if there is a place for side effect. We will talk about this in current section - Computation priority

A real example of queue priority - people waiting for medical treatment in a hospital, extreme emergency cases will have the highest priority and move to the start of the queue and less significant to the end.

Computation priority allows us to have side effects, and it's one of the main reasons to create this concept:

  • Letting pure functions to execute first
  • Side effects can follow a consistent state of the application
  • Batching pure computations in combine()

Actually, pure computation cannot be observed out of the scope, therefore the definition of pure computation used in this library gives us an opportunity to optimize grouping.

Priority:

Source code

1. child -> forward
2. pure -> map, on
3. barrier -> combine, createStoreObject
4. sampler -> sample, guard
5. effect -> watch, effect handler

Whenever you will allow side effects in pure computations, the library will work by worst scenario. Thereby, increasing non-consistency of application and breaking pure computations. Don't ignore that.

Let's consider prioritize in the example below.

let count = 0
const sideEffect = createEffect({
handler() {
// side effect 1
count += 1
},
})
sideEffect.done.watch(() => {
// side effect 1 already executed
console.log('expect count to be 1', count === 1)
// side effect 2
count += 1
})
sideEffect()
// side effect 1 already executed
// side effect 2 already executed as well
// that's what we expected to happen
// that's watchmen effect
console.log('expect count to be 2', count === 2)
// example which violated that agreement: setState in react
// which defer any side effect long after setState call itself

Try it

note

Whenever library notices side effect in a pure function it moves it to the end of the priority queue

We hope that this information cleared some things on how the library works

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