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Async Status

A standardized way to express asynchronous state in a synchronous manner ⏱

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Installation 📦

# with npm 
npm install --save async-status
# with yarn 
yarn add async-status

This assumes that you’re using a module bundler like Webpack to consume ES6 or CommonJS modules.

Concept 💡

The goal of this package is to provide a unified and standardized representation of asynchronous status. It helps to integrate other libraries that translate asynchronous state to synchronous state (for example Redux). Instead of using different flags like isLoading, isPending, hasError, this library represents asynchronous status as a one-variable - status.

There are 4 possible statuses:

  • AsyncStatus.IDLE ⚫️ - means that nothing happens - it's the initial status
  • AsyncStatus.PENDING ⏳ - means that async action is pending
  • AsyncStatus.RESOLVED ✅ - means that async action has been successfully finished
  • AsyncStatus.REJECTED ❌ - means that an error occurred during async action

There are no constraints about transitions between given statuses.

To give a better understanding of the relationship between AsyncStatus and asynchronous code let's try with real code:

import AsyncStatus from "async-status";
const state = {
  status: AsyncStatus.IDLE
function fetchUsers() {
  state.status = AsyncStatus.PENDING;
    .then(response => response.json())
    .then(data => { = data;
      state.status = AsyncStatus.RESOLVED;
    .catch(error => {
      state.error = error;
      state.status = AsyncStatus.REJECTED;

As you can see, you don't have to introduce any boolean flags like isPending 👌

API reference 📖

The status is a primitive value - string or undefined.

AsyncStatus.IDLE = undefined;
AsyncStatus.PENDING = "PENDING";

AsyncStatus.all(...statuses: AsyncStatus[]): AsyncStatus

Combines many statuses into one status using an algorithm similar to Promise.all method. Basically the algorithm is:

  1. if statuses list is empty, result = IDLE
  2. if one of the statuses is equal REJECTED, result = REJECTED
  3. if one of statuses is equal PENDING, result = PENDING
  4. if all statuses equal RESOLVED, result = RESOLVED
  5. in other cases, result = IDLE

isAsyncStatus(candidate: any): candidate is AsyncStatus

Checks if a given candidate is an AsyncStatus (means that it's equal undefined or 'PENDING' or 'RESOLVED' or 'REJECTED')

Typings 📐

If you are using TypeScript, typings are provided in the npm package. This library doesn't provide Flow typings.






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