[swift-evolution] [Concurrency] async/await + actors

Brent Royal-Gordon brent at architechies.com
Sat Aug 19 20:36:14 CDT 2017

> On Aug 19, 2017, at 2:25 AM, Thomas <tclementdev at free.fr> wrote:
>> I think we need to be a little careful here—the mere fact that a message returns `Void` doesn't mean the caller shouldn't wait until it's done to continue. For instance:
>> 	listActor.delete(at: index)				// Void, so it doesn't wait
>> 	let count = await listActor.getCount()	// But we want the count *after* the deletion!
> In fact this will just work. Because both messages happen on the actor's internal serial queue, the "get count" message will only happen after the deletion. Therefore the "delete" message can return immediately to the caller (you just need the dispatch call on the queue to be made).

Suppose `delete(at:)` needs to do something asynchronous, like ask a server to do the deletion. Is processing of other messages to the actor suspended until it finishes? (Maybe the answer is "yes"—I don't have experience with proper actors.)

Brent Royal-Gordon

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