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Feature #18004

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Add Async to the stdlib

Added by shan (Shannon Skipper) about 1 year ago. Updated 7 months ago.

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Open
Priority:
Normal
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Target version:
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[ruby-core:104381]

Description

Adding Async to the stdlib would signal a clear concurrency story for Ruby 3 to compliment Ractor-based parallelism. I don't know how ioquatix feels about adding Async to stdlib, but I wanted to propose it since we keep getting questions about concurrent I/O with Ruby 3 in the community.

Ractors get a fair amount of attention on the #ruby IRC channels and Ruby Discord. When Ractors are discussed, question around concurrent I/O in Ruby 3 often follow. Folk don't seem to be aware of Async, so we often cite the Ruby 3 release notes Async Net::HTTP example shown below.

require 'async'
require 'net/http'
require 'uri'

Async do
  ["ruby", "rails", "async"].each do |topic|
    Async do
      Net::HTTP.get(URI "https://www.google.com/search?q=#{topic}")
    end
  end
end

The main downside I see for this proposal is the bloat from Async's several gem dependencies. For what it's worth, nio4r has been a staple for a long time and is also the only dependency of Puma.

Async is a composable asynchronous I/O framework for Ruby based on nio4r and timers.

Async is just so useful it would be awesome to add to the stdlib. It fills and important gap for concurrent I/O with Ruby 3 and would be exciting to see included in a future release.

See https://github.com/socketry/async#readme

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