re: What's your worst nightmare as a coder? VIEW POST

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re: Event-driven architectures. It's basically no different from a goto statement, and we've known for a long time that gotos are considered harmful. ...
 

I have a feeling there is a lot more to be said about this, and I think you maybe right and those architectures should be considered as anti-patterns. The biggest problem I find with event-driven stuff is how easy it is to lose track of what is happening, and how easy it is to introduce circular event triggering. I think the cleaner architecture would mean that it would be actually impossible to introduce a circular dependency. For example, it could be done similarly to the creation of objects. If you have classes:

class A {
    b: B;
    constructor(b: B) {
        this.b = b;
    }
}

class B {
    a: A;
    constructor(a: A) {
        this.a = a;
    }
}

It would be impossible to have a circular dependency such as above, because the creation of A's instance requires a B's instance, while the creation of B's instance requires an A's instance. So, you'll not be able to successfully run

let a = new A(); // Error - need an instance of B as the 1st argument
let b = new B(a);

I think a similar way of thinking should be applied to events.

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