Implementing Then with Await

In a post a while ago, I talked about sequential composition of asynchronous operations.  Now that we have the async/await keywords in C# and Visual Basic, such composition is trivial, and async/await are indeed the recommended way to achieve such composition with these languages. However, in that post I also described a few “Then” methods… Read more

Async Targeting Pack for Visual Studio 11 now available for .NET 4 and Silverlight 5

We’re happy to announce that you can now download an Async Targeting Pack for Visual Studio 11 that lets you target .NET 4 and Silverlight 5.  The included DLLs address the previously discussed issue of the Visual Studio 11 Beta compilers being incompatible with the AsyncCtpLibrary* DLLs from the Async CTP; with this targeting pack,… Read more

Implementing a simple ForEachAsync, part 2

After my previous post, I received several emails and comments from folks asking why I chose to implement ForEachAsync the way I did.  My goal with that post wasn’t to prescribe a particular approach to iteration, but rather to answer a question I’d received… obviously, however, I didn’t provide enough background. Let me take a… Read more

Implementing a simple ForEachAsync

Jon Skeet recently asked me how I might go about implementing the following “asynchronous ForEach” behavior: For each element in an enumerable, run a function that returns a Task<TResult> to represent the completion of processing that element. All of these functions may run asynchronously concurrently. As each task completes, run a second processing action over… Read more

Paper :: Guide to Implementing Custom TPL Dataflow Blocks

TPL Dataflow includes a number of built-in, already-implemented blocks that target the most common scenarios.  Additionally, some flexibility is provided by the set of options that may be used to tweak block behaviors.  However, a developer may still choose to implement a custom block for advanced scenarios where the built-in ones are not sufficient.  Zlatko… Read more

Coalescing CancellationTokens from Timeouts

In the .NET Framework 4.5 Developer Preview, you’ll find that CancellationTokenSource now has timeout support built directly into its implementation.  This makes it very easy to create a token that will automatically have cancellation requested after a particular time interval, e.g. public static CancellationToken FromTimeout(int millisecondsDue) {     return new CancellationTokenSource(millisecondsDue).Token; } Under the covers… Read more

New in .NET 4.5: ThreadLocal.Values

Available since .NET 4, ThreadLocal<T> is a container that holds a separate value for every thread. In practice, ThreadLocal<T> is often convenient for storing per-thread counters, resources, or partial results. As mentioned earlier on this blog, we have been thinking about adding a Values property to enumerate over the values from all threads that ever… Read more

PLINQ Queries That Run in Parallel in .NET 4.5

One interesting thing to know about PLINQ is that not all queries are guaranteed to execute in parallel (See PLINQ Queries That Run Sequentially for reference). You can think of the AsParallel method as a hint to run in parallel for query shapes that it believes will be faster. By default, PLINQ prefers to use… Read more

Crafting a Task.TimeoutAfter Method

Imagine that you have a Task handed to you by a third party, and that you would like to force this Task to complete within a specified time period. However, you cannot alter the “natural” completion path and completion state of the Task, as that may cause problems with other consumers of the Task. So… Read more