Promise|Disposer|any resource,
    Promise|Disposer|any resource...,
    function(any resources...) handler
) -> Promise
    Array<Promise|Disposer|Any> resources,
    function(Array<any> resources) handler
) -> Promise

In conjunction with .disposer, using will make sure that no matter what, the specified disposer will be called when the promise returned by the callback passed to using has settled. The disposer is necessary because there is no standard interface in node for disposing resources.

Here is a simple example (where getConnection() has been defined to return a proper Disposer object)

using(getConnection(), function(connection) {
   // Don't leak the `connection` variable anywhere from here
   // it is only guaranteed to be open while the promise returned from
   // this callback is still pending
   return connection.queryAsync("SELECT * FROM TABLE");
   // Code that is chained from the promise created in the line above
   // still has access to `connection`
}).then(function(rows) {
    // The connection has been closed by now

Using multiple resources:

using(getConnection(), function(conn1) {
    return using(getConnection(), function(conn2) {
        // use conn1 and conn 2 here
}).then(function() {
    // Both connections closed by now

The above can also be written as (with a caveat, see below)

using(getConnection(), getConnection(), function(conn1, conn2) {
    // use conn1 and conn2
}).then(function() {
    // Both connections closed by now

However, if the second getConnection throws synchronously, the first connection is leaked. This will not happen when using APIs through bluebird promisified methods though. You can wrap functions that could throw in Promise.method which will turn synchronous rejections into rejected promises.

Note that you can mix promises and disposers, so that you can acquire all the things you need in parallel instead of sequentially

// The files don't need resource management but you should
// still start the process of reading them even before you have the connection
// instead of waiting for the connection

// The connection is always closed, no matter what fails at what point
using(readFile("1.txt"), readFile("2.txt"), getConnection(), function(txt1, txt2, conn) {
    // use conn and have access to txt1 and txt2

You can also pass the resources in an array in the first argument. In this case the handler function will only be called with one argument that is the array containing the resolved resources in respective positions in the array. Example:

var connectionPromises = [getConnection(), getConnection()];

using(connectionPromises, function(connections) {
    var conn1 = connections[0];
    var conn2 = connections[1];
    // use conn1 and conn2
}).then(function() {
    // Both connections closed by now

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