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cycle-proxy

Create imitating proxy and circular dataflows in your cycle.js apps.

This helper allows to create a stream which can attach to other stream and emmit target stream values. Like imitate in xstream.

npm install cycle-proxy -S

Why?

This is usually useful when you have circular dependency of streams, when say some stream bar$ depends on stream foo$ and at the same time foo$ actually depends on bar$ emissions, this is not a dead lock - this is actually quite common situation - this us usual cyclic dependency between action and result, nest result give a birth to next action, and so on.

  const foo = Foo({value$: bar.value$, DOM})
  const bar = Bar({HTTP, prop$: foo.prop$})

Usage

  // import proxy for particular stream library: 
  // rx, rxjs, most, xtream
  import proxy from 'cycle-proxy/rx'  
  ...
      
  const barValueProxy$ = proxy()
  // proxy() can take compose function 
  // that will be applied to transform imitated stream: 
  // const barValueProxy$ = proxy(_ => _.startWith(0))
  const foo = Foo({value$: barValueProxy$, DOM})
  const bar = Bar({HTTP, prop$: foo.prop$})
  
  bar.value$
    .let(barValueProxy$.proxy) // let's proxy (mimic) bar.value$ -> barValueProxy$ 
    .subscribe(...)    
  • barValueProxy$ here is created imitating proxy stream it has proxy(targetStream) method that takes a target stream and transparently attaches to it - after external subscription is created.
  • When external subscription ends it detaches from target stream and proxy stream stops emitting values.
  • Because we create internal subscription to target stream dependent on external one (which is managed managed externally by your code) we are able to avoid potential memory leak.

Difference from xstream's imitate

So to launch this proxied stream it needs to be subscribed externally. This means that such code won't work:

  barValueProxy$.proxy(bar.value$) // <- needs to be subscribed!
  ....
  bar.value$.subscribe(...)

Though with xstream and imitate such code will work:

  barValueProxy$.imitate(bar.value$) // <- no need to be subscribed
  ....
  bar.value$.addListener(...)

This is the main difference from imitate which uses some internal mechanics of xstream to track circular subscriptions (which may lead to memory leak eventually) and allows to use more simple API. This module is more general purpose. If you are using xstream it is recommended to use imitate. But this proxy also supports attaching to any kind of streams (even MemoryStreams of xstream, which imitate does not support).

Circulate

There is also useful circulate utitlity helper included using which you can make circular dataflows (without explicit use of proxy API):

It allows you with ease to create circular state in cycle.js application with reducer patter:

  import circulate from 'cycle-proxy/circulate/rxjs'  
  ...  

  let Main({DOM, state$}: Sources) => {

    const reducer$ = merge(
      of(() => ({count: 1})), // set initial state
      DOM.select('add').map(({count}) => ({count: count + 1})),
      DOM.select('.substruct').map(({count}) => ({count: count - 1}))
    )
    return {
      DOM: state$.map(({count}) => div([
        div('count:' + count),
        button('.add', '+1'),
        button('.add', '-1')
      ])),
      state$: reducer$
        .scan((state, reducer) => reducer(state))
    }
  }  
  
  // `circulate` will connect sinks' state$  to sources' state$ stream
  // so each value that will go to sink, you will see in the source
  // `state$` is a name of circulated stream, default name is `circular$`  
  let StatifiedMain = circulate(Main, 'state$')

  run(StatifiedMain, {
    DOM: makeDOMDriver()
  })

NB! circulate is leak free. It will stop the curculating stream when all the sinks of the dataflow will be unsubscribed.

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ISC.

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