[cdi-dev] [JBoss JIRA] (CDI-499) Firing events asynchronously

Antoine Sabot-Durand (JIRA) issues at jboss.org
Wed Jan 21 05:18:48 EST 2015

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Antoine Sabot-Durand commented on CDI-499:

This ticket comes after a lot of discussion around async events in CDI-31 or in the event workshop document. In these discussions there were a lot of more complicated scenario but we wanted to keep CDI event as simple as possible. For advanced asynchronous scenario, JDK8 will provide its new API {{CompletableFuture}} or we could add the support of asynchronous operation in CDI if necessary.

> Firing events asynchronously 
> -----------------------------
>                 Key: CDI-499
>                 URL: https://issues.jboss.org/browse/CDI-499
>             Project: CDI Specification Issues
>          Issue Type: Feature Request
>          Components: Events
>    Affects Versions: 1.2.Final
>            Reporter: Antoine Sabot-Durand
> We should allow a way to fire event asynchronously. This mechanism should leverage new async API in JDK8 especially the {{CompletionStage}} interface.
> Our proposal is: 
> h2. 1. Add {{fireAsync()}} method to {{Event}} and {{BeanManager}}
> Signature of the method on {{Event<T>}} would be
> {code:java}
> <U extends T> CompletionStage<U> fireAsync(U event);
> {code}
> Signature on {{BeanManager}} would be
> {code:java}
> <T> CompletionStage<T> fireAsyncEvent(T event, Annotation... qualifiers)
> {code}
> h2. 2. Add an {{asyncSupported()}} member to {{@Observes}}
> For backward compatibility reason the possibility to invoke an observer asynchronously should be let to the observer (legacy observers should be called synchronously). We propose to add the boolean {{asyncSupported()}} member with the {{false}} default value to support this backward compatibility aspect.
> h2. 3. Observer bound to a transaction phase
> these observer will be invoked in the right transaction phase but asynchronously
> h2. 4. Event Ordering
> Should we decide to add events ordering in CDI 2.0, the order will be keep in asynchronous observer notification. If there are amix of synchronous and asynchronous observer, asynchronous will be called first in order, then synchronous in their order (async has priority on sync).
> h2 5. Event state (payload mutability)
> We'll keep payload mutability with async events (but should explicitly specify it). That means  that we should guarantee the event state consistency between observers and in case of ordered observers the fact that observer N+1 get the event state at the end of observer N.  

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