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Task Queue

Not to be confused with task queue in Aurelia 1, the TaskQueue is a sophisticated scheduler designed to prevent a variety of timing issues, memory leaks, race conditions and more bad things that tend to result from setTimeout, setInterval, floating promises, etc.
The benefit of using the task queue is both synchronous and asynchronous tasks are supported.
We highly recommend using the task queue to replace existing uses of setTimeout and setInterval for better-performing applications.

setTimeout (synchronous)

In the following example, we use the delay configuration property to configure a task with a timeout of 100 milliseconds. This would replace using setTimeout in your applications.
import { PLATFORM } from 'aurelia';
// Queue
const task = PLATFORM.taskQueue.queueTask(() => {
doStuff();
}, { delay: 100 });
// Cancel
task.cancel();
If you were to use a native setTimout it would look like this:
// Queue
const handle = setTimeout(() => {
doStuff();
}, 100);
// Cancel
clearTimeout(handle);
Now, in your unit/integration/e2e tests or other components, you can await PLATFORM.taskQueue.yield() to deterministically wait for the task to be done (and not a millisecond longer than needed) or even PLATFORM.taskQueue.flush() to immediately run all queued tasks.
Result: no more flaky tests or flaky code in general. No more intermittent and hard-to-debug failures.

setTimeout (asynchronous)

We performed a synchronous equivalent of a setTimeout. Now we can go one step further and do an asynchronous setTimeout, minus the floating promises and memory leaks.
import { PLATFORM } from 'aurelia';
// Queue
const task = PLATFORM.taskQueue.queueTask(async () => {
await doAsyncStuff();
}, { delay: 100 });
// Await
await task.result;
// Cancel
task.cancel();

setInterval

By supply the persistent configuration value, we can specify a task will remain and not be cleared by the task queue. This gives us setInterval functionality.
import { PLATFORM } from 'aurelia';
// Queue
const task = PLATFORM.taskQueue.queueTask(() => {
poll();
}, { delay: 100, persistent: true /* runs until canceled */ });
// Stop
task.cancel();

requestAnimationFrame

By leveraging the domWriteQueue we can also replace requestAnimationFrame with a safer alternative.
import { PLATFORM } from 'aurelia';
PLATFORM.domWriteQueue.queueTask(() => {
applyStyles();
});

requestAnimationFrame (loop)

In situations where requestAnimationFrame is being used in a loop capacity (such as high frame rate animations), we can loop. The queue greatly simplifies this again with the persistent configuration option we saw above.
// Start
const task = PLATFORM.domWriteQueue.queueTask(() => {
updateAnimationProps();
}, { persistent: true });
// Stop
task.cancel();