#actix #actor #async


An Actor with async fn handlers

1 unstable release

Uses new Rust 2021

0.1.0 Jun 2, 2022

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Crate Crates.io API

An Actor similar to actix::Actor but can handle Messages with async/await.

This is an Actor implementation that mimics the API of actix, with several simplications for ease of use.


The primary purpose of this library is to enable Handlers to handle Messages with async fn:

use async_trait::async_trait;
use atomic_actor::*;

struct I32Actor(i32);

impl Actor for I32Actor {
    type Context = Context<Self>;

impl Handler<Vec<i32>> for I32Actor {
   type Result = i32;

   async fn handle(&mut self, message: Vec<i32>, _: &mut Context<Self>) -> i32 {
       for value in message {
           async { self.0 += value }.await;

async fn main() {
    let addr = I32Actor(0).start();
    assert_eq!(addr.send(vec![1, 2, 3]).unwrap().await, 6);

actix also allows asyncronous message handling through ActorFuture and friends. However, the returned ActorFuture can not reference the Actor, and only gets access to it on every poll, which prevents the use of async and await language features.

Differences from actix

  • Handler::handle is an async fn.

For this to be sound, Messages sent to the same Actor must be processed sequentially, hence the name atomic-actor.

  • There's no Message trait. All types that are 'static + Send can be used as Messages.

  • Actor has no lifecycle. Once started, it'll run until all Addrs are dropped.

  • Context is very simple, can only be used to get a new Addr of the actor.

  • Communication channel betwen Addr and the worker thread is unbounded. We may add option for using bounded channel in the future.

For developers

After cloning this repository, please run cargo run --bin install-pre-commit-hook in the root folder.

This adds a git pre-commit hook to the repository, and checks code style and runs tests before every commit.


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