auto-update-0.1.4: Efficiently run periodic, on-demand actions

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In a multithreaded environment, running actions on a regularly scheduled background thread can dramatically improve performance. For example, web servers need to return the current time with each HTTP response. For a high-volume server, it's much faster for a dedicated thread to run every second, and write the current time to a shared IORef, than it is for each request to make its own call to getCurrentTime.

But for a low-volume server, whose request frequency is less than once per second, that approach will result in more calls to getCurrentTime than necessary, and worse, kills idle GC.

This library solves that problem by allowing you to define actions which will either be performed by a dedicated thread, or, in times of low volume, will be executed by the calling thread.

Example usage:

import Data.Time
import Control.AutoUpdate

getTime <- mkAutoUpdate defaultUpdateSettings
             { updateAction = getCurrentTime
             , updateFreq = 1000000 -- The default frequency, once per second
currentTime <- getTime

For more examples, see the blog post introducing this library.



data UpdateSettings a Source #

Settings to control how values are updated.

This should be constructed using defaultUpdateSettings and record update syntax, e.g.:

let settings = defaultUpdateSettings { updateAction = getCurrentTime }

Since: 0.1.0

defaultUpdateSettings :: UpdateSettings () Source #

Default value for creating an UpdateSettings.

Since: 0.1.0


updateAction :: UpdateSettings a -> IO a Source #

Action to be performed to get the current value.

Default: does nothing.

Since: 0.1.0

updateFreq :: UpdateSettings a -> Int Source #

Microseconds between update calls. Same considerations as threadDelay apply.

Default: 1 second (1000000)

Since: 0.1.0

updateSpawnThreshold :: UpdateSettings a -> Int Source #

NOTE: This value no longer has any effect, since worker threads are dedicated instead of spawned on demand.

Previously, this determined how many times the data must be requested before we decide to spawn a dedicated thread.

Default: 3

Since: 0.1.0


mkAutoUpdate :: UpdateSettings a -> IO (IO a) Source #

Generate an action which will either read from an automatically updated value, or run the update action in the current thread.

Since: 0.1.0

mkAutoUpdateWithModify :: UpdateSettings a -> (a -> IO a) -> IO (IO a) Source #

Generate an action which will either read from an automatically updated value, or run the update action in the current thread if the first time or the provided modify action after that.

Since: 0.1.4