Scala (19) – Futures

Futures

  • They hold the promise for the result of a computation that is not yet complete. They are a simple container- a placeholder. A computation could fail of course, and this must also be encoded. a Future can be in exactly one of 3 states:
    • pending
    • failed
    • completed
  • With flatMap we can define a Future that is the result of two futures sequenced, the second future computed based on the result of the first one.
  • Future defines many useful methods:
    • Use Future.value() and Future.exception() to create pre-satisfied futures
    • Future.collect(), Future.join() and Future.select() provide combinators that turn many futures into one (i.e. the gather part of a scatter-gather operation)
  • By default, futures and promises are non-blocking, making use of callbacks instead of typical blocking operations. Scala provides combinators such as flatMap, foreach and filter used to compose futures in a non-blocking method.
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