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Discussion on: Tell me an unpopular software opinion

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Christian Bewernitz

I'm not sure I get your point (or whether you got mine), so I'll put some code:

Independent of using map or reduce to iterate over an array, the "aaync callback" will return the promise immediately for every item.
(Even the function that contains the await Promise.all will immediately return with a promise, of course)

The implication is that you can not run those async actions in a sequence using the methods provided by Array.protype.

Meaning urls.map(fetch) is the same as urls.map(async (url) => await fetch(url)) and it's not different from using reduce to create that Array of Promises.

But

for (const url of urls) {
  await fetch(url)
}

Will only trigger the second fetch after the first one is done.

I have had plenty of experience where servers have blocked to many simultaneous requests, so it's worth considering the impact the code can have.

(If that's not clear I'm willing to take the time to write a post about it.)