0.3.1 • Published 3 years ago

@andywer/observable-fns v0.3.1

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Light-weight observable implementation (< 7kB minified) and utils. Based on zen-observable, re-implemented in TypeScript including .pipe() and .tap(). Zero dependencies, tree-shakeable.

An observable is basically a stream of asynchronously emitted values that you can subscribe to. In a sense it is to the event emitter what the promise is to the callback.

The main difference to a promise is that a promise only resolves once, whereas observables can yield different values repeatedly. They can also fail and yield an error, like a promise, and they come with a completion event to indicate that the last value has been sent.

For a quick introduction on how to use observables, check out the zen-observable readme.

import { Observable, multicast } from "@andywer/observable-fns"

function subscribeToServerSentEvents(url) {
  // multicast() will make the observable "hot", so multiple
  // subscribers will share the same event source
  return multicast(new Observable(observer => {
    const eventStream = new EventSource(url)

    eventStream.addEventListener("message", message => observer.next(message))
    eventStream.addEventListener("error", error => observer.error(error))

    return () => eventStream.close()

  .subscribe(event => console.log("Server sent event:", event))


Keep the observable implementation itself lean, ship the utility functions loosely coupled, so they can be imported as needed.

The aim is to provide a lean, friendly observable implementation with a small footprint that's fit to be used in libraries.


npm install @andywer/observable-fns


You can import whatever you need directly from the package:

import { Observable, flatMap } from "@andywer/observable-fns"

If you write front-end code and care about bundle size, you can either depend on tree-shaking or explicitly import just the parts that you need:

import Observable from "@andywer/observable-fns/observable"
import flatMap from "@andywer/observable-fns/flatMap"

Functions like filter(), flatMap(), map() accept asynchronous handlers – this can be a big win compared to the usual methods on Observable.prototype that only work with synchronous handlers.

Those functions will also make sure that the values are consistently emitted in the same order as the input observable emitted them.

import { Observable, filter } from "@andywer/observable-fns"

const existingGitHubUsersObservable = Observable.from(["andywer", "bcdef", "charlie"])
    filter(async name => {
      const response = await fetch(`https://github.com/${name}`)
      return response.status === 200


See docs/API.md for an overview of the full API.




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