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As you may have noticed previously, asynchronous message sends do not return any value (that is, they return ''nil''). Quite often, the developer is required to work around this lack of return values by means of e.g. explicit customer objects, as shown previously in the calculator example. This, however, leads to less expressive, more difficult to understand code, where the control flow quickly becomes implicit. As you may have noticed previously, asynchronous message sends do not return any value (that is, they return ''nil''). Quite often, the developer is required to work around this lack of return values by means of e.g. explicit customer objects, as shown previously in the calculator example. This, however, leads to less expressive, more difficult to understand code, where the control flow quickly becomes implicit.
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==== The Concept ==== ==== The Concept ====
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The first statement imports the futures module into the current lexical scope. This enables you as a developer to use some additional language constructs exported by the futures module, as will be explained later. The second statement enables the futures behaviour, causing any asynchronous message send to return a future rather than ''nil''. If ''false'' is passed to the call to ''enableFutures'', only messages annotated explicitly as ''@FutureMessage'' (or as ''@TwoWay'') will return a future. The first statement imports the futures module into the current lexical scope. This enables you as a developer to use some additional language constructs exported by the futures module, as will be explained later. The second statement enables the futures behaviour, causing any asynchronous message send to return a future rather than ''nil''. If ''false'' is passed to the call to ''enableFutures'', only messages annotated explicitly as ''@FutureMessage'' (or as ''@TwoWay'') will return a future.
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 +In what follows we provide an overview on how to work with futures. More information pertaining to the API of the futures language module can be found in the [[:at:tutorial:appendix#futures_and_multifutures|appendix]].
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==== Working with Unresolved Futures ==== ==== Working with Unresolved Futures ====
 
 
 
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