A big Rx Release

13 Feb

Looks like the Rx team have been super busy.  After our Christmas release, we have another massive build to try out. 

Some key features:

  1. Publish, Prune and Replay have been reverted to their previous signatures.
  2. Expand operator that recursively expands an initial observable sequence using a selector function.
  3. A set of FastSubjects!

Full Release notes:

Various fixes:

  • Added generic variance annotations on ISubject<in T1, out T2> and IObserver<in TValue, out TResult>.
  • Enabling generic variance annotations for Silverlight 4 binaries.
  • No longer installing Silverlight assemblies to the GAC; fixes build issues with Expression Blend.
  • Made Unit, TimeStamped<T>, TimeInterval<T>, Notification<T> serializable.
  • Fixes to System.Linq.Async’s Single and SingleOrDefault operators.

· Scheduler improvements:

  • ControlScheduler and NewThreadScheduler now correctly use relative time.
  • CurrentThreadScheduler, EventLoopScheduler, NewThreadScheduler and VirtualScheduler now normalize time properly.
  • ImmediateScheduler, CurrentThreadScheduler and NewThreadScheduler no longer cause a thread sleep if the specified TimeSpan is zero.
  • DispatcherScheduler, ThreadPoolScheduler and SynchronizationContextScheduler avoid using a timer if a scheduled action’s specified TimeSpan is zero.
  • CurrentThreadScheduler on Windows Phone 7 no longer depends on ThreadStaticAttribute which is not implemented on Windows Phone 7.

· Changes to observable operators:

  • Multicast, Publish, Prune and Replay binding operators:
    • Changed return type of Multicast to IConnectableObservable<T>.
    • Changed Multicast overload with an observable sequence selector function to take in a subject selector function, allowing deferred construction of the subject being used.
    • Bringing back Publish, Prune and Replay operators, each of them calling into Multicast to fix the subject parameterization ([Behavior]Subject, AsyncSubject and ReplaySubject respectively).
    • Removed Publish overload that simply returns an IObservable<T>.
  • Buffering and windowing operators:
    • BufferWithTime, BufferWithCount and BufferWithTimeOrCount now return IObservable<IList<T>> as they used to do before.
    • Added WindowWithTime, WindowWithCount and WindowWithTimeOrCount which return IObservable<IObservable<T>>, as special cases of the general purpose Window operator.
    • Fixed issue with duplicate or missing values due to timer errors.
  • Added ToList, ToArray, ToDictionary and ToLookup aggregation standard query operators, returning an observable sequence with the (single) aggregated value.
  • Added SequenceEqual operator which checks that the values in a stream are equal (but not the timing).
  • Added Expand operator that recursively expands an initial observable sequence using a selector function.
  • Added Concat overload that takes an observable sequence of observable sequences and produces a single observable sequence which exhausts each inner observable sequence before subscribing to the next observable sequence.
  • Added Merge overload that allows specifying the maximum number of active sequences being merged at any point in time, queuing the rest in a way similar to Concat.
  • Added ManySelect operator which is the comonadic bind operator and is similar to ContinueWith on tasks but can be used for streams.
  • Added IgnoreValues operator which behaves as Where(_ => false).
  • Added GroupByUntil operator which is similar to GroupBy except that there’s a duration selector function to control the lifetime of each generated group.
  • Removed Drain. The same behavior can be restored using the (updated) more general purpose Concat and Merge(n) operators.
  • Fixed memory leaks in GroupJoin and Join where these operators held onto window disposables until the end of the (potentially infinite) outer source.

· Subjects changes:

  • Added FastSubject, FastBehaviorSubject, FastAsyncSubject and FastReplaySubject which are much faster than regular subjects but:
    • don’t decouple producer and consumer by an IScheduler (effectively limiting them to ImmediateScheduler);
    • don’t protect against stack overflow;
    • don’t synchronize input messages.
  • Fast subjects are used by Publish and Prune operators if no scheduler is specified.

· Qbservable changes:

o Operators that take multiple observable sequences now check whether the supplied sequences implement IQbservable<T>. If so, their expression tree gets stitched in; otherwise, a ConstantExpression is used to wrap the sequence.

Download the different release flavors here:

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