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JavaScript Promise.all vs. Promise.allSettled (jonlu.ca)
58 points by jonluca 16 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 13 comments

> I was reading the MDN docs on JavaScript promises and realized that the difference between Promise.all and Promise.allSettled wasn’t immediately obvious.

Really? I haven't dealt with JavaScript in a while so I took a look at the MDN docs and it seems pretty obvious.

> The Promise.all() method returns a single Promise that fulfills when all of the promises passed as an iterable have been fulfilled


> The Promise.allSettled() method returns a promise that resolves after all of the given promises have either fulfilled or rejected, with an array of objects that each describes the outcome of each promise.

`all` flattens all of the promises in a single promise containing an array of their results while `allSettled` flattens the promises into a single promise containing an array of objects that contain the resulting value as well as the status (which is either fulfilled or rejected).

The one catch that's not immediately obvious is pointed out by the article which is that `all` will resolve on the first rejected promise. Except that's also in the first paragraph of the doc:

>It rejects with the reason of the first promise that rejects

"Really?" was my first reaction too. The difference may be a bit subtle but it's quite clear.

I remember when I was learning promises there was lots of talk in the tutorials, etc. about .all() and I eventually had a use case where I wanted to know the statuses of a bunch of calls and didn't really care whether they were failures or not and I found Q.allSettled() which was perfect. Good old Q.

Subtle is literally an antonym for obvious. It can't be both.

I think it is a clear, subtle difference, making it easy to miss by mistake and be surprised by it. Lack of ambiguity does not preclude surprise.

I've never heard of allSettled, but the difference seems clear to me. However, I think you would usually want the semantics of Promise.all, allSettled seems more for niche use cases.

If you add a .catch to a promise, then it will never reject, so you get this with .all also. I'd also never heard of .allSettled which is a pity because I need it frequently. For instance when I have a bunch of requests that run in parallel, and I don't really care if they all succeed, just that they are all complete.

Haven't heard of it before either, but had to recreate the functionality before. Which is not all that hard using Promise.all

Nice to see Promise.race() in there. I've used it to emulate timeout logic on I/O functionality. Useful when your JS is operating in an environment where there's a timeout constraint you can't control and you want your JS to gracefully handle timing out instead of the script just being killed.

Example use case is a background job running in JS via React Native. iOS limits these jobs to 30 seconds then kills the script. Promise.race() is one way to regain control of the thread and begin teardown prior to iOS killing the script, if for example the other promise is hanging past 30 seconds. Keep in mind this is not a true timeout, the other promise will continue to try to resolve until script is terminated.


The author seems to be a bit confused about the difference between "throwing" and "rejecting".

> Promise.allSettled can never throw

Of course not. And Promise.all neither. Promises don't throw, they reject.

async/await is syntactic sugar on top of that, which can make it look similar to throwing, but you will never actually "throw".

Author's point is that Promise.allSettled never rejects

I have never heard of all settled before and remember implementing that functionality myself some years back

allSettled is quite new (it isn't in the version of node packaged with LTS Ubuntu).

How does one implement the same with all?

Something like this should work:

  function allSettled(promises) {
      let settled = promises.map(p => p.then(
          v => ({status: 'fulfilled', value: v}),
          r => ({status: 'rejected', reason: r})
      return Promise.all(settled);
  let p1 = Promise.resolve('foo');
  let p2 = Promise.resolve('bar');
  let p3 = Promise.resolve('baz');
  allSettled([p1, p2, p3]).then(console.log);
  let p4 = Promise.reject('err1');
  let p5 = Promise.resolve('bar');
  let p6 = Promise.reject('err3');
  allSettled([p4, p5, p6]).then(console.log);

> I was reading the MDN docs on JavaScript promises and realized that the difference between Promise.all and Promise.allSettled wasn’t immediately obvious.

Sorry, don't agree with you there

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