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The Replay Button

This document explains the operation of the "Replay" button, and how to use The HotPlay Workflow.

Estim8 demo

Epoch Navigation

By using the backwards and forwards arrows, re-frame-10x allows you to navigate through Epochs. At any one moment, you are inspecting a single Epoch, for which we'll use the term "The Observed Epoch".

On Click

When you click the "Replay" button, you are asking re-frame-10x to perform an "Action Replay" of "The Observed Epoch", and this happens in two Steps:

  • Step 1 - the value in app-db is reset to the value it contained immediately prior to "The Observed Epoch"
  • Step 2 - the event which caused "The Observed Epoch" is re-dispatched

So, Step 1 is "reestablish initial conditions" and Step 2 is "do it all again".

Further Notes:

  • In Step 1, the reset of app-db will trigger computation and trace. Subscriptions and views are run as the application returns to the "prior state", but none of the associated trace is captured. It is all ignored.
  • At the end Step 1, you'll breifly see the UI rendered for the prior state.
  • Trace arising from Step 2 forms a normal, new Epoch. The original Observed Epoch (which we are replaying) is still there, untouched, available if you click the "back" navigation button.
  • New Epochs (Step 2) are always added to the end of the Epoch list (never inserted amongst old Epochs).
  • The user's experience is that they click the "Replay" button and immediately view the result. So, after Step 2, the user is auto-navigated to this new epoch.


It facilitates "The HotPlay Workflow":

  • A. You Observe an Epoch (in re-frame-10x) to see if an event was correctly processed
  • B. You notice a problem, and you Edit (fix) the event handler (or subs handler, view, etc) via Cursive, Emacs, etc.
  • C. Figwheel will re-compile and Hotload your correction
  • D: You click the Replay button
  • E: Back to A

Because of Replay's "Step 1", you get identical "initial conditions" for each iteration of the workflow, which can be a real blessing in many cases. It removes the nagging cognative load of "allowing for" slightly shifting state and its consequences, or the effort of manually reestablishing identical application state before each iteration.

WARNING: obviously this only works when the state is contained within your SPA. When there's authorative remote state (a remote database?) there'll be more involved in returning to initial conditions each iteration.

The Workflow Name

The initials of this Observe/Edit/Hotload/Replay process are OEHR, which, well, doesn't exactly roll off the tounge like REPL. So we call it "HotPlay" because "Hotload" and "Replay" are the two central pieces of tech. We love you Figwheel.

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