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Async/await in Python

Those who follow the development of C# and VB probably know about the recently added Async and Await keywords, which turn code like this:

int AccessTheWeb() {
    int result;
    Thread thread = new Thread((() => {
        HttpClient client = new HttpClient();
        string urlContents = client.GetString("http://msdn.microsoft.com");
        result = urlContents.Length;
    }));
    thread.Start();
    DoIndependentWork();
    thread.Join();
    return result;
}

Into code like this:

async Task<int> AccessTheWebAsync()
{ 
    HttpClient client = new HttpClient();
    Task<string> getStringTask = client.GetStringAsync("http://msdn.microsoft.com");
    DoIndependentWork();
    string urlContents = await getStringTask;
    return urlContents.Length;
}

For the last week or two, an intense discussion has been occurring on the python-ideas mailing list about asynchronous APIs, to which I’ve been contributing/supporting an approach similar to async/await. Since I wrote a 5000 word essay this week on the topic, I’m going to call that my post.

Read: Asynchronous API for Python.