Reactive Programming with Reactor 3


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You can make RxJava2 and Reactor 3 types interact without a single external library.

In the first two examples we will adapt from Flux to Flowable, which implements Publisher, and vice-versa.

This is straightforward as both libraries provide a factory method to do that conversion from any Publisher. The checker below runs the two opposite conversions in one go:

Flux to Flowable back to Flux

The next two examples are a little trickier: we need to adapt between Flux and Observable, but the later doesn't implement Publisher.

In the first case, you can transform any publisher to Observable. In the second case, you have to first transform the Observable into a Flowable, which forces you to define a strategy to deal with backpressure (RxJava 2 Observable doesn't support backpressure).

Flux to Observable and back to Flux

Next, let's try to transform a Mono to a RxJava Single, and vice-versa. You can simply call the firstOrError method from Observable. For the other way around, you'll once again need to transform the Single into a Flowable first.

Mono to Single and back to Mono

Finally, you can easily transform a Mono to a Java 8 CompletableFuture and vice-versa. Notice how these conversion methods all begin with from (when converting an external type to a Reactor one) and to (when converting a Reactor type to an external one).

Mono to CompletableFuture and back to Mono
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