.NET Parallel Programming

All about Async/Await, System.Threading.Tasks, System.Collections.Concurrent, System.Linq, and more…

Building Async Coordination Primitives, Part 1: AsyncManualResetEvent

The Task-based Async Pattern (TAP) isn’t just about asynchronous operations that you initiate and then asynchronously wait for to complete.  More generally, tasks can be used to represent all sorts of happenings, enabling you to await for any matter of condition to occur.  We can even use Tasks to build simple coordination ...

Potential pitfalls to avoid when passing around async lambdas

One of the really useful capabilities of the new async methods feature in C# and Visual Basic is the ability to write async lambdas and anonymous methods (from here on in this post, I’ll refer to both of these as async lambdas, since the discussion applies equally to both).  This allows you to easily get a delegate to represent an ...

Advanced APM Consumption in Async Methods

I’ve previously blogged about how to expose existing Asynchronous Programming Model (APM) implementations as Task-based methods.  This can be done manually using a TaskCompletionSource<TResult>, or it can be done using the built-in wrapper provided in TPL via the Task.Factory.FromAsync method.  By creating a Task-based ...

Await, SynchronizationContext, and Console Apps: Part 2

Yesterday, I blogged about how you can implement a custom SynchronizationContext in order to pump the continuations used by async methods so that they may be processed on a single, dedicated thread.  I also highlighted that this is basically what UI frameworks like Windows Forms and Windows Presentation Foundation do with their message ...

Implementing a SynchronizationContext.SendAsync method

I recently saw two unrelated questions, the answers to which combine to form a potentially useful code snippet.The first question was about SynchronizationContext.  SynchronizationContext provides a Post method, which asynchronously schedules the supplied delegate and object state to be executed according to the SynchronizationContext&...

Awaiting Socket Operations

The System.Net.Sockets.Socket class in .NET exposes multiple sets of asynchronous methods that perform the same basic operations but that are exposed with different patterns.The first set follows the APM pattern, where for a synchronous method like Receive, the BeginReceive and EndReceive methods are exposed.  If you want to be able to &...