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Using async/await to simplify promises

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In a series of prior posts, I had introduced the promise abstraction along with the promise Tcl package and how it can greatly certain forms of asynchronous computation. As mentioned there, the Tcl package is roughly based on the promise framework implemented in ES6 (ECMAScript, aka Javascript). ES7 introduced the async and await functions which further simplify asynchronous programming with promises in certain scenarios. Accordingly, the Tcl promise package has been updated to include the equivalent commands. This post introduces their use.

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Exception handling in promises

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In a prior post I had illustrated the use of the Tcl promise package for asynchronous computing with some examples. There we had ignored the possibility of errors and exceptions and how they are handled in promise-based code. In this post, we build on the examples in that post to illustrate how promises greatly simplify handling of errors in async code.

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Promises by example

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I had previously described an experimental implementation of promises for Tcl. On re-reading my earlier post, I was somewhat dissatisfied with the treatment there in that I did not feel it fully reflected the value of the promise abstraction, getting somewhat caught up in the details. This post takes a somewhat different approach, concentrating more on examples and refraining from going into detail about each command or method. Here I am more interested giving you a flavor of programming with promises and motivating you to explore further.

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Making promises in Tcl

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This post is obsoleted by the promise package (based on the code is this post) and by newer posts on the topic. Nevertheless it may still hold some tutorial benefit.

There is quite a bit of hoopla in the Javascript world around the promise abstraction for asynchronous code. Implemented in various forms in third party libraries, it proved sufficiently useful to be formally defined and incorporated into ECMAScript 6.

Other languages, from Python and Scala to C#, C++ and Java, have implementations of promises in various flavors (sometimes separated into promises and futures). Not finding one for Tcl (we cannot let Tcl lag!), I started on an experimental implementation described in this post.

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