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04 – Exploring Async.js – async.whilst and async.forever

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In this tutorial, we will go over async.whilst with a very simple example of increasing a counter

Whilst will execute the function fn while condition function returns true, it will call callback when the job is done or if any error occurs.

var async = require('async');

var counter = 0;

async.whilst(
	function testCondition() { return counter < 5; },
	function increaseCounter(callback) {
		counter++;
		console.log('counter is now', counter);

		//Simulate ajax/processing
		//callback must be called once this function has completed, it takes an optional error argument
		//setTimeout(callback, 1000);
		//so if there's an error, you do callback(err) and it will immediately end.
		setTimeout(callback('err'), 1000);
	},
	function callback(err) {
		if (err) {
			console.log(err);
			return;
		}

		console.log('Job complete');
	}
);

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