In Mozilla code, Task.spawn() is becoming a common way to implement asynchronous operations, especially methods like the greet method in this greeter object:
Task.spawn() makes the operation logic simple, but the wrapper function and bind() call required to start the task on method invocation and bind its this reference make the overall implementation complex.
Like Task.spawn(), it creates a task, but it doesn’t immediately start it. Instead, it returns an “async function” whose invocation starts the task, and the async function binds the task to its own this reference at invocation time. That makes it simpler to declare the method:
With identical semantics:
(And it avoids a couple anti-patterns in the process.)
Task.async() is inspired by ECMAScript’s Async Functions strawman proposal and C#’s Async modifier and was implemented in bug 966182. It isn’t limited to use in method declarations, although it’s particularly helpful for them.
Use it to implement your next asynchronous operation!