Move an async function into its own thread.
The name is somewhat of a poor choice, but it was available on npm.
Installation & Usage
npm i -S greenlet
Accepts an async function with, produces a copy of it that runs within a Web Worker.
⚠️ Caveat: the function you pass cannot rely on its surrounding scope, since it is executed in an isolated context.
greenlet(Function) -> Function
‼️ Important: never call greenlet() dynamically. Doing so creates a new Worker thread for every call:
-const BAD = () => greenlet(x => x)('bad') // creates a new thread on every call+const fn = greenlet(x => x);+const GOOD = () => fn('good'); // uses the same thread on every call
Since Greenlets can't rely on surrounding scope anyway, it's best to always create them at the "top" of your module.
Greenlet is most effective when the work being done has relatively small inputs/outputs.
One such example would be fetching a network resource when only a subset of the resulting information is needed:
let getName =console
Greenlet will even accept and optimize transferables as arguments to and from a greenlet worker function.
Thankfully, Web Workers have been around for a while and are broadly supported by Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, and Internet Explorer 10+.
If you still need to support older browsers, you can just check for the presence of
If your app has a Content-Security-Policy,
worker-src data: and
script-src data: in your config.
License & Credits
In addition to the contributors, credit goes to @sgb-io for his annotated exploration of Greenlet's source. This prompted a refactor that clarified the code and allowed for further size optimizations.