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JavaScript Concurrency

By : Adam Boduch
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JavaScript Concurrency

By: Adam Boduch

Overview of this book

Concurrent programming may sound abstract and complex, but it helps to deliver a better user experience. With single threaded JavaScript, applications lack dynamism. This means that when JavaScript code is running, nothing else can happen. The DOM can’t update, which means the UI freezes. In a world where users expect speed and responsiveness – in all senses of the word – this is something no developer can afford. Fortunately, JavaScript has evolved to adopt concurrent capabilities – one of the reasons why it is still at the forefront of modern web development. This book helps you dive into concurrent JavaScript, and demonstrates how to apply its core principles and key techniques and tools to a range of complex development challenges. Built around the three core principles of concurrency – parallelism, synchronization, and conservation – you’ll learn everything you need to unlock a more efficient and dynamic JavaScript, to lay the foundations of even better user experiences. Throughout the book you’ll learn how to put these principles into action by using a range of development approaches. Covering everything from JavaScript promises, web workers, generators and functional programming techniques, everything you learn will have a real impact on the performance of your applications. You’ll also learn how to move between client and server, for a more frictionless and fully realized approach to development. With further guidance on concurrent programming with Node.js, JavaScript Concurrency is committed to making you a better web developer. The best developers know that great design is about more than the UI – with concurrency, you can be confident every your project will be expertly designed to guarantee its dynamism and power.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
JavaScript Concurrency
About the Author
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Now it's time to turn our attention to actually building a concurrent application. In this section, we'll go through a brief overview of the chat application that we're going to build, starting with the overall goal of the application. Then, we'll break down the other requirements into the "API" and the "UI". We'll drive into some code momentarily, don't worry.

The overall goal

First things first, why yet another chat application? Well, for two reasons; first, it's not a real application, and we're not building it for the sake of reinventing the wheel; we're building it to learn about concurrent JavaScript in the context of an application. Second, a chat application has a lot of moving parts that help you demonstrate some of the concurrency mechanisms that you've learned about in this book. That being said, it will be a very simply chat application—we only have so much space in a chapter.

The chat concept that we'll implement is the same as with most other familiar chat applications...