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    Async [Priority] Task Queue

    Simple Usage

    var tq = require('task-queue');
    var queue = tq.Queue({capacity: 10, concurrency: 1});
    // initialize a 10-slot normal queue. concurrency 1 is the default
    // it tells the worker in how many tasks it can work at a time
    // start queue - now it's waiting for the queue to be populated
    queue.enqueue(some_function); // simple way to enqueue a function
    queue.enqueue(some_function, {args: args_array}); // provide args to the function
    // both tasks above will be executed (one at a time, since concurrency is 1)
    // stops the queue execution
    // it wont stop the tasks the worker is currently working on
    queue.finished = some_callback_function;
    // you can define a finished() callback that will
    // be called everytime the worker empties the queue
    var priority = tq.PriorityQueue({capacity: 10});
    // initialize a 10-slot priority queue

    What is this?

    task-queue is a simple node package which provides an async task queue that supports concurrency, priority and timeouts. It provides callbacks for tasks completed as well as a way to handle single shot calls (run all the tasks once).


    • Async
    • Concurrency
    • Timeouts
    • Callbacks
    • Single-shot calls
    • Priority

    Implementation-level details

    The Queue is implemented over a resizable buffer so you do not need to worry about a max-space as well as massive reallocations. Just tell it the initial capacity you need and it will do the hard work for you.

    The PriorityQueue is implemented over a resizable binary heap so you do not need to worry about max-space, massive reallocations as well as algorithm complexity.


    • Queue(options) - initialize a queue with the given option
      • options:
        • capacity - Queue initial capacity. (required)
        • concurrency - how many tasks the worker will execute at a time. default 1.
        • timeout - how much time the worker will sleep after each execution cycle.
    • isRunning() - returns boolean indicating if running mode is set.
    • concurrency([value]) - get/set concurrency
    • timeout([value]) - get/set timeout
    • size() - returns how many elements are currently on the queue
    • toArray() - returns an array representation of the queue.
    • enqueue(fn [, task-opts]) - add task from function fn to the queue.
      • task-opts:
        • args - arguments array that will be applied to fn call.
    • dequeue() - pull the first element from the queue, or null if it's empty.
    • singleShot() - puts the queue in single-shot mode. all the queue elements will be executed once from now. Nothing can be enqueued while single-shot is active. When all the tasks are finished, the queue is put back in normal mode. you can stop() single-shot calls as well.
    • start() - puts the queue in running mode. The worker will execute tasks whenever they are available if it's not sleeping.
    • stop() - unset running mode and/or unset single-shot mode. The worker will finish all the tasks that were already dequeued and then go idle.
    • finished() - called when all the tasks from the queue were executed (queue was emptied).
    • finishedTask([task-return]) - called whenever a task is executed. task-return is the return value of the task corresponding function.
    PriorityQueue extends Queue
    • PriorityQueue - super constructor.
    • enqueue(fn [, task-opts]) - add task from function fn to the queue.
      • task-opts:
        • args - arguments array that will be applied to fn call.
        • priority - comparable (with > or <) value that will be used to sort tasks executions by their relevance.


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