Reactive Programming in iOS with Combine

Feb 4 2021 Swift 5.3, macOS 11.0, Xcode 12.2

Part 4: Timing, Scheduling and Sequencing Operators

27. Scheduling Operators

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Certain operators in Combine take in a Scheduler as an parameter. Most of the time, this is DispatchQueue.main, but it can vary. What is a scheduler in this case? Per Apple’s documentation, a scheduler is a protocol that defines when and how to execute a closure.

// 1
let computationPublisher = Publishers.ExpensiveComputation(duration: 3)
// 2
let queue = DispatchQueue(label: "serial queue")
// 3
let currentThread = Thread.current.number
print("Start computation publisher on thread \(currentThread)")
let subscription = computationPublisher
  .sink { value in
    let thread = Thread.current.number
    print("Received computation result on thread \(thread): '\(value)'")
  }
let subscription = computationPublisher
  .subscribe(on: queue)
  .sink { value in...
let subscription = computationPublisher
  .subscribe(on: queue)
  .receive(on: DispatchQueue.main)
  .sink { value in