A small framework to support asynchronous method calls in Ruby.
ayl (At Your Leisure or As You Like or …) is a small framework that simplifies the process of implementing asynchronous method calls in Ruby. Fundamentally, it works by handing off a method call to be executed in a separate processing thread (maybe a thread, maybe a separate process, etc.).
The actual implementation of the code that executes the methods has been abstracted away from the general framework. You can implement any “Engine” you like to provide the asynchronous functionality. A reference implementation of an engine using beanstalk (beanstalkd, beaneater) as a queuing mechanism is provided to give you a leg up: ayl-beanstalk. If you decide to use a different mechanism, you can simply provide an implementation of the Ayl::Engine interface.
If you would like to leverage asynchronous processes in your rails application, take a look at ayl-rails; it provides the ability to asynchronize ActiveRecord callbacks (e.g. after_save, after_update, etc.).
See the wiki for more detailed documentation.
Contributing to ayl
Check out the latest master to make sure the feature hasn't been implemented or the bug hasn't been fixed yet
Check out the issue tracker to make sure someone already hasn't requested it and/or contributed it
Fork the project
Start a feature/bugfix branch
Commit and push until you are happy with your contribution
Make sure to add tests for it. This is important so I don't break it in a future version unintentionally.
Please try not to mess with the Rakefile, version, or history. If you want to have your own version, or is otherwise necessary, that is fine, but please isolate to its own commit so I can cherry-pick around it.
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