IO-Reactor

An implementation of the Reactor design pattern for multiplexed asynchronous single-thread IO.

Authors

Michael Granger <[email protected]>

Description

This module is a pure-Ruby implementation of an asynchronous multiplexed IO Reactor which is based on the Reactor design pattern found in _Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture, Volume 2: Patterns for Concurrent and Networked Objects_. It allows a single thread to demultiplex and dispatch events from one or more IO objects to the appropriate handler.

This module used to be called Ruby-Poll, and used to use the poll(2) system call, but this strategy was not portable, and didn't work with Ruby's threads. It now uses IO::select, which should work everywhere Ruby does.

I would greatly appreciate feedback on any aspect of this software. Suggestions, feature requests, questions, design critiques, and bug reports are most welcome. Relevant patches and minimal test cases are particularly helpful. I may be reached by email at <[email protected]>.

Requirements

  • Ruby >= 1.8.0

Optional:

  • Dave Thomas's RDoc documentation tool to make HTML documentation.

  • The Test::Unit module, to run the included test suite.

Installation

$ su
# ruby install.rb

If you have the Test::Unit module installed, you can run the test suite by doing:

$ ruby test.rb

More Information

You can find more information about IO-Reactor, including the latest version, at its project page:

http://www.devEiate.org/code/IO-Reactor.shtml

IO-Reactor is Open Source Software which is Copyright © 2001-2003 by The FaerieMUD Consortium.

You may use, modify, and/or redistribute this software under the same terms as Ruby itself.

THIS PACKAGE IS PROVIDED “AS IS” AND WITHOUT ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTIBILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

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