Edge:定位及设计可类比 Node.js 的 Swift 版 Web 及网络服务器框架

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Edge:定位及设计可类比 Node.js 的 Swift 版 Web 及网络服务器框架

Serverside non-blocking IO in Swift

Ask questions on our Slack !



Edge is an HTTP Server and TCP Client/Server framework written in Swift and inspired by Node.js . It runs on both OS X and Linux. Like Node.js, Edge uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model . In the same way that Node.js uses libuv to implement this model, Edge useslibdispatch.

This makes Edge fast and efficient, but it also means that Edge applications can naturally make use of libdispatch to easily offload heavy processing to a background thread.

The name Edge is a play on the name Node, as they are both components of graphs .

Reactive Programming

Edge's event API embraces the concepts of Functional Reactive Programming while still not having any external dependencies. The API is calledReactive and it is a modified version ofReactiveCocoa, but also inspired byRxSwift.

Why did we reimplement?

  • Edge should be easy to use out of the box.
  • Edge is optimized for maximum performance, which requires careful tuning of the internals.
  • The modified API is meant to be more similar to the familiar concepts of Futures and Promises.
  • We don't want to be opinionated about any one framework. We want it to be easy to integate Edge with either ReactiveCocoa or RxSwift.

FRP, greatly simplies management of asynchronous events. The general concept is that we can build a spout which pushes out asynchronous events as they happen. Then we hookup a pipeline of transformations that operate on events and pass the transformed values along. We can even do things like merge streams in interesting ways! Take a look at some of these operations or watch this talk about how FRP is used at Netflix.


Edge is available as a Swift 3 package (No current 2.2 support). Simply add Edge as a dependency to your Swift Package.

import PackageDescriptionlet package = Package( name: "MyProject", dependencies: [ .Package(url: "https://github.com/TheArtOfEngineering/Edge.git", majorVersion: 0, minor: 0) ])



import Edgeimport Foundationlet server = try! TCP.Server()try server.bind(host: "", port: 50000)server.listen().startWithNext { connection in let read = connection.read() let strings = read.map { String(bytes: $0, encoding: NSUTF8StringEncoding)! } strings.onNext { message in print("Client /(connection) says /"/(message)/"!") } strings.onFailed { error in print("Oh no, there was an error! /(error)") } strings.onCompleted { print("Goodbye /(connection)!") } read.start()}RunLoop.runAll()

Edge is not Node.js

Edge is not meant to fulfill all of the roles of Node.js. Node.js is a JavaScript runtime, while Edge is a TCP/Web server framework. The Swift compiler and package manager, combined with third-party Swift packages, make it uncessary to build that functionality into Edge.