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Learning RxJava

By : Thomas Nield
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Learning RxJava

By: Thomas Nield

Overview of this book

RxJava is a library for composing asynchronous and event-based programs using Observable sequences for the JVM, allowing developers to build robust applications in less time. Learning RxJava addresses all the fundamentals of reactive programming to help readers write reactive code, as well as teach them an effective approach to designing and implementing reactive libraries and applications. Starting with a brief introduction to reactive programming concepts, there is an overview of Observables and Observers, the core components of RxJava, and how to combine different streams of data and events together. You will also learn simpler ways to achieve concurrency and remain highly performant, with no need for synchronization. Later on, we will leverage backpressure and other strategies to cope with rapidly-producing sources to prevent bottlenecks in your application. After covering custom operators, testing, and debugging, the book dives into hands-on examples using RxJava on Android as well as Kotlin.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Title Page
About the Author
About the Reviewers
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When you subscribe() to an Observable to receive emissions, a stream is created to process these emissions through the Observable chain. Of course, this uses resources. When we are done, we want to dispose of these resources so that they can be garbage-collected. Thankfully, the finite Observables that call onComplete() will typically dispose of themselves safely when they are done. But if you are working with infinite or long-running Observables, you likely will run into situations where you want to explicitly stop the emissions and dispose of everything associated with that subscription. As a matter of fact, you cannot trust the garbage collector to take care of active subscriptions that you no longer need, and explicit disposal is necessary in order to prevent memory leaks.

The Disposable is a link between an Observable and an active Observer, and you can call its dispose() method to stop emissions and dispose of all resources used for that Observer. It also has an isDisposed...