Twitter Futures in Python

futures, concurrent, finagle, twitter
pip install mirai==0.1.5



mirai is a port of Twitter Futures to python powered by a backport of Python 3.2's concurrent.futures. mirai offers a simpler operator chaining-based way for using promises and futures.


mirai is available on pypi. Installation is as simple as using pip,

$ pip install mirai --upgrade

Diving In

mirai is based around the concept of a Promises -- containers that are populated with the result of an asynchronous computation. Promises provide a more streamlined way for dealing with asynchronous code than callbacks.

from mirai import Promise
import funcy as fu


  # `call` is a way to execute a synchronous function asynchronously. It
  # returns a Promise you can use to queue up callbacks
  .call(twitter.get_followers, "duck")

  # `map` means "create another Promise by applying the following function to
  # my contents." If the previous Promise threw an exception, this callback
  # won't execute, and the resulting Promise will contain the previous
  # Promise's exception.
  .map(lambda followers: [
    Future.call(twitter.get_latest_posts, follow)
    for follower in followers

  # `Promise.collect` turns a sequence of promises into a Promise with a
  # sequence of items. If you have many sources for Promises, you can use
  # `Promise.collect` to bundle them together. Notice that we're using
  # `Promise.flatmap` here -- that's because `Promise.collect` returns a
  # Promise, not a normal value. If we didn't use flatmap, we'd end up with a
  # Promise containing another Promise!

  # Each follower gave me a list of tweets, so rather than dealing a list of
  # lists, lets just turn it into a flat list of tweets

  # `Promise.onsuccess` and `Promise.onfailure` allow you to attach a callback
  # that doesn't actually affect the Promise's value. Great for logging!
  .onsuccess(lambda tweets: print("Retrieved {:,d} Tweets from my followers"))

  # Notice how we turned what could have been a synchronous double-for loop
  # into a series of asynchronous calls? Pretty awesome!
  .map(lambda tweets: [
    Future.call(twitter.retweet, tweet)
    for tweet in tweets
  .onsuccess(lambda retweets: print("I love EVERYBODY!"))

  # You can use `Promise.rescue` to turn a failing Promise into a successfuly
  # one, too.
  .rescue(lambda e: Future.value("Something went wrong...oh well"))

  # All of the above isn't executed until you request it's data, so don't
  # forget to call `Promise.get`! You can also use `Promise.join` and
  # `Promise.select` if you want to gather many Promises or just want the first
  # that finishes.


Learn more about mirai at http://mirai.readthedocs.org/