neutron/tip-top

Tip-Top, a library to set timeouts and periodic timers

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0.2.0 2013-06-20 07:39 UTC

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A micro library to set timeouts and periodic timers.

$clock = new Clock();
// triggers a callback every second
$timer = $clock->addPeriodicTimer(1, function ($timer) {
    echo "BOOM ! I'm triggered every second !\n";
});

It uses Evenement. Most of the timers code has been taken from ReactPHP timers implementation.

Tip-Top !

Installation

The recommended way to use tip-top is through composer.

{
    "require": {
        "neutron/tip-top": "0.2.*"
    }
}

Disclaimer

Limitations

  • Tip-Top requires you declare ticks in the script you're running.
declare(ticks=1);
  • Tip-Top may not work as expected with blocking calls (try it before)

Is this blocking or non-blocking IO ?

TipTop is non blocking, but it has been designed to support some blocking calls. Timers and timeout may be triggered lately in case you use blocking calls like sleep(5).

A common workaround for sleep is to iterate 1 seconds sleeps : for ($i=0; $i!=5; $i++;) {sleep(1);}.

Has the clock atomic precision ?

Unfortunately, this library is based on a hack on the pcntl_alarm function. Therefore, the resolution of the clock is the second, and it has shift that is approximatively 0,001 second per second.

What's the use case for such clock ?

Think about long running processes that have to be checked regularly.

Documentation

API browser.

Examples

There are two main methods on the Neutron\TipTop\Clock object : addPeriodicTimer and addTimer.

use Neutron\TipTop\Clock;

// mandatory for the clock to work
declare(ticks=1);

$clock = new Clock();

// triggers a callback every second
$timer = $clock->addPeriodicTimer(1, function ($timer) {
    echo "BOOM ! I'm triggered every second !\n";
});

// triggers a callback in 5 second
$timer = $clock->addTimer(5, function ($timer) {
    echo "BOOM ! I was planned 5 seconds ago !\n";
});

// removes all timers
$clock->clear();

Remove a timer

You can remove a timer using its cancel method :

use Neutron\TipTop\Clock;

// mandatory for the clock to work
declare(ticks=1);

$clock = new Clock();

$timer = $clock->addPeriodicTimer(1, function ($timer) {
    if ($stop) {
        $timer->cancel();
    }
});

Clear all timers

You may want to clear all timers :

use Neutron\TipTop\Clock;

// mandatory for the clock to work
declare(ticks=1);

$clock = new Clock();

$timer = $clock->addPeriodicTimer(1, function ($timer) { echo "Hello"; });
$timer = $clock->addPeriodicTimer(1, function ($timer) { echo "Hello World"; });

// removes all timers
$clock->clear();

Block

You can sometimes want to block until all timers have finished, use the block method to do that.

use Neutron\TipTop\Clock;

// mandatory for the clock to work
declare(ticks=1);

$clock = new Clock();

// echoes three times
$clock->addPeriodicTimer(1, function (signature) {
    echo "The block method blocks \n";
}, 3);

$clock->block();
echo "This line will be blocked until last timer executes

Tests

Tip Top is functional and unit testable with PHPUnit. To run tests on your system, please be sure to install dev-dependencies with composer install --dev, then run either bin/phpunit -c phpunit.xml.dist for unit tests, either bin/phpunit -c phpunit-functional.xml.dist for functional tests.

License

This project is licensed under the MIT license.