Overview: Async

Async (asynchronous) programming is a way to have pieces of code that involve waiting (such as making a GET request to a remote web server, or database queries) run without blocking other parts of the code from executing.

Imagine you need the result of two functions, foo() and bar(); foo() requires data from a web page or HTTP API, and bar() needs data from MySQL.

Traditionally, the execution flow will look like this:

Synchronous execution

Async can lead to performance improvements by changing the flow to look like this instead:

Asynchronous execution

Further Reading

Our async documentation provides more information about this feature.