Polyfill exporting trevnorris's 0.11+ asyncListener API.

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process.addAsyncListener polyfill

This is an implementation of Trevor Norris's process.{addAsyncListener,removeAsyncListener} API for adding behavior to async calls. You can see his implementation (currently a work in progress) on Node.js core pull request #6011. This polyfill / shim is intended for use in versions of Node prior to whatever version of Node in which Trevor's changes finally land (anticipated at the time of this writing as 0.11.7).

Here's his documentation of the intended API, which will probably get cleaned up here later:

createAsyncListener(listener[, callbacks[, storage]])

  • listener {Function}
  • callbacks {Object}
  • storage {Value}

Returns a constructed AsyncListener object. Which can then be passed to process.addAsyncListener() and process.removeAsyncListener(). Each function parameter is as follows:

  • listener(storage): A Function called as an asynchronous event is queued. If a {Value} is returned then it will be attached to the event as storage and overwrite any pre-defined value passed to createAsyncListener(). If a storage argument is passed initially then it will also be passed to listener().
  • callbacks: An Object which may contain three optional fields:
    • before(context, storage): A Function that is called immediately before the asynchronous callback is about to run. It will be passed both the context (i.e. this) of the calling function and the storage either returned from listener or passed during construction (if either was done).
    • after(context, storage): A Function called immediately after the asynchronous event's callback is run. Note that if the event's callback throws during execution this will not be called.
    • error(storage, error): A Function called if the event's callback threw. If error returns true then Node will assume the error has been properly handled and resume execution normally.
  • storage: A Value (i.e. anything) that will be, by default, attached to all new event instances. This will be overwritten if a Value is returned by listener().

addAsyncListener(listener[, callbacks[, storage]])


Returns a constructed AsyncListener object and immediately adds it to the listening queue.


Removes the asyncListener from the listening queue.

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