ObservableType.do or .subscribe (Publisher.handleEvents or .sink)?16 Oct 2019 ⇐ Notes archive
(This is an entry in my technical notebook. There will likely be typos, mistakes, or wider logical leaps — the intent here is to “let others look over my shoulder while I figure things out.”)
handleEvents) gives you a hook into a sequence’s events without triggering a subscription, while
sink) does the same and triggers a subscription—a way to remember this is the former returns an
Publisher) and the latter returns a
So, when should we use one over the other?
In the past, I’ve always placed effectful work in the
do block, even if meant an empty
subscribe() call at the end of a chain.
And I’m starting to change my mind here—putting that sole
do work in the
subscribe block makes the chain more succinct (there are definitely cases where it’s cleaner to use both to sort of group effects, e.g. UI-related versus persistence-related).
I dug up an old bit from Bryan Irace in an iOS Slack we’re a part of that puts it well:
dois for performing a side effect inside of a bigger chain
if all you’re doing is performing the side effect, just do that in your