Asynchronous versus Synchronous Commands

Even though the API presented by ReactiveCommand is asynchronous, you are not required to perform your execution logic asynchronously. If your command is not CPU-intensive or I/O-bound then it probably makes sense to provide synchronous execution logic. You can do so by creating a command via ReactiveCommand.Create:

var command = ReactiveCommand.Create(() => Console.WriteLine("a synchronous reactive command));

There are several overloads of Create to facilitate commands that take parameters or return interesting values when they execute. These will be discussed in more detail below.

If, on the other hand, your command's logic is CPU- or I/O-bound, you'll want to use CreateFromObservable or CreateFromTask:

// here we're using observables to model asynchrony
var command1 = ReactiveCommand.CreateFromObservable(() => Observable.Return(Unit.Default).Delay(TimeSpan.FromSeconds(3)));

// here we're using the TPL to model asynchrony
var command2 = ReactiveCommand.CreateFromTask(async () =>
        await Task.Delay(TimeSpan.FromSeconds(3)); 

Again, several overloads exist for commands taking parameters and returning values.

Regardless of whether your command is synchronous or asynchronous in nature, you execute it via the Execute method. You get back an observable that will tick the command's result value when execution completes. Synchronous commands will execute immediately, so the observable you get back will already have completed. The returned observable is behavioral though, so subscribing after the fact will still tick through the result value.

Warning As is often the case with idiomatic Rx, the observable returned by Execute is cold. That is, nothing will happen unless something subscribes to it. This subscription is often instigated by the binding infrastructure. But in those cases where you're calling Execute directly, it's very important to remember that it's lazy.

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