RxJava types that are both an Observable and a Consumer.
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RxRelay

Relays are RxJava types which are both an Observable and a Consumer.

Basically: A Subject except without the ability to call onComplete or onError.

Subjects are useful to bridge the gap between non-Rx APIs. However, they are stateful in a damaging way: when they receive an onComplete or onError they no longer become usable for moving data. This is the observable contract and sometimes it is the desired behavior. Most times it is not.

Relays are simply Subjects without the aforementioned property. They allow you to bridge non-Rx APIs into Rx easily, and without the worry of accidentally triggering a terminal state.

As more of your code moves to reactive, the need for Subjects and Relays should diminish. In the transitional period, or for quickly adapting a non-Rx API, Relays provide the convenience of Subjects without the worry of the statefulness of terminal event behavior.

Usage

  • BehaviorRelay

    Relay that emits the most recent item it has observed and all subsequent observed items to each subscribed Observer.

    // observer will receive all events.
    BehaviorRelay<Object> relay = BehaviorRelay.createDefault("default");
    relay.subscribe(observer);
    relay.accept("one");
    relay.accept("two");
    relay.accept("three");
    // observer will receive the "one", "two" and "three" events, but not "zero"
    BehaviorRelay<Object> relay = BehaviorRelay.createDefault("default");
    relay.accept("zero");
    relay.accept("one");
    relay.subscribe(observer);
    relay.accept("two");
    relay.accept("three");
  • PublishRelay

    Relay that, once an Observer has subscribed, emits all subsequently observed items to the subscriber.

    PublishRelay<Object> relay = PublishRelay.create();
    // observer1 will receive all events
    relay.subscribe(observer1);
    relay.accept("one");
    relay.accept("two");
    // observer2 will only receive "three"
    relay.subscribe(observer2);
    relay.accept("three");
  • ReplayRelay

    Relay that buffers all items it observes and replays them to any Observer that subscribes.

    ReplayRelay<Object> relay = ReplayRelay.create();
    relay.accept("one");
    relay.accept("two");
    relay.accept("three");
    // both of the following will get the events from above
    relay.subscribe(observer1);
    relay.subscribe(observer2);

All relays use the Relay base class which also allows custom implementations.

See the Javadoc for more information.

(There is no AsyncRelay since relays have no terminal events to support its behavior.)

Download

Maven:

<dependency>
  <groupId>com.jakewharton.rxrelay2</groupId>
  <artifactId>rxrelay</artifactId>
  <version>2.0.0</version>
</dependency>

Gradle:

compile 'com.jakewharton.rxrelay2:rxrelay:2.0.0'

Snapshots of the development version are available in Sonatype's snapshots repository.

License

Copyright 2014 Netflix, Inc.
Copyright 2015 Jake Wharton

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you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
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   http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0

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