The project is actively developed by Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc., in collaboration with a community of open source developers.
A brief intro
The Reactive Extensions (Rx) is a library for composing asynchronous and event-based programs using observable sequences and LINQ-style query operators. Using Rx, developers
represent asynchronous data streams with
Observables , query asynchronous data streams using
, and parameterize the concurrency in the asynchronous data streams using
. Simply put, Rx = Observables + LINQ + Schedulers.
Whether you are authoring a traditional desktop or web-based application, you have to deal with asynchronous and event-based programming from time to time. Desktop applications have I/O operations and computationally
expensive tasks that might take a long time to complete and potentially block other active threads. Furthermore, handling exceptions, cancellation, and synchronization is difficult and error-prone.
Using Rx, you can represent multiple asynchronous data streams (that come from diverse sources, e.g., stock quote, tweets, computer events, web service requests, etc., and subscribe to the event stream using the
IObserver<T> interface. The IObservable<T> interface notifies the subscribed IObserver<T> interface whenever an event occurs.
Because observable sequences are data streams, you can query them using standard LINQ query operators implemented by the
Observable extension methods. Thus you can filter, project, aggregate, compose and perform time-based operations on multiple events easily by using these standard LINQ operators. In addition, there are a number of other reactive stream specific operators
that allow powerful queries to be written. Cancellation, exceptions, and synchronization are also handled gracefully by using the extension methods provided by Rx.
Rx complements and interoperates smoothly with both synchronous data streams (IEnumerable<T>) and single-value asynchronous computations (Task<T>) as the following diagram shows:
Single return value
Multiple return values
Additional documentation, video, tutorials and HOL are available on
What is included
The project includes the following libraries:
- Reactive Extensions:
- Rx.NET: The Reactive Extensions (Rx) is a library for composing asynchronous and event-based programs using observable sequences and LINQ-style query operators.
- Rx++: The Reactive Extensions for Native (RxC) is a library for composing asynchronous and event-based programs using observable sequences and LINQ-style query operators in both C and C++.
- Interactive Extensions:
- Ix: The Interactive Extensions (Ix) is a .NET library which extends LINQ to Objects to provide many of the operators available in Rx but targeted for IEnumerable<T>. Source code for LINQ to Objects is included as well.
- Ix++: An implantation of LINQ for Native Developers in C++
- Binding Examples:
- Tx: Tx is set of code samples showing how to use LINQ to events, such as real-time standing queries and queries on past history from trace and log files, which targets ETW, Windows Event Logs and SQL Server Extended Events. The code has been moved to
- LINQ2Charts: an example for Rx bindings. Similar to existing APIs like LINQ to XML, it allows developers to use LINQ to create/change/update charts in an easy way and avoid having to deal with
XML or other underneath data structures. We would love to see more Rx bindings like this one.
There are lots of ways to
contribute to the project, and we appreciate our
You can contribute by reviewing and sending feedback on code checkins, suggesting and trying out new features as they are implemented, submit bugs and help us verify fixes as they are checked in, as well as submit
code fixes or code contributions of your own. Note that all code submissions will be rigorously reviewed and tested by the Rx Team, and only those that meet an extremely high bar for both quality and design/roadmap appropriateness will be merged into the source.