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C# 5.0 Async/Await Demo Code

I’ve published the sample code I use to demonstrate the use of async/await in C# 5.0. You can find it here.

Projects

PauloMorgado.AyncDemo.WebServer

This project is a simple web server implemented as a console application using Microsoft ASP.NET Web API self hosting and serves an image (with a delay) that is accessed by the other projects.

This project has a dependency on Json.NET due to the fact the the Microsoft ASP.NET Web API hosting has a dependency on Json.NET.

The application must be run on a command prompt with administrative privileges or a urlacl must be added to allow the use of the following command:

netsh http add urlacl url=http://+:9090/ user=machine\username


To remove the urlacl, just use the following command:



netsh http delete urlacl url=http://+:9090/


PauloMorgado.AsyncDemo.WindowsForms



This Windows Forms project contains three regions that must be uncommented one at a time:



Sync with WebClient



This code retrieves the image through a synchronous call using the WebClient class.



Async with WebClient



This code retrieves the image through an asynchronous call using the WebClient class.



Async deadlock



This code how async operations can still deadlock.



Async with HttpClient with cancelation



This code retrieves the image through an asynchronous call with cancelation using the HttpClient class.



PauloMorgado.AsyncDemo.Wpf



This WPF project contains three regions that must be uncommented one at a time:



Sync with WebClient



This code retrieves the image through a synchronous call using the WebClient class.



Async with WebClient



This code retrieves the image through an asynchronous call using the WebClient class.



Async deadlock



This code how async operations can still deadlock.



Async with HttpClient with cancelation



This code retrieves the image through an asynchronous call with cancelation using the HttpClient class.

Breaking Changes In Argument List Evaluation In C# 5.0

The C# Language Specification states on §7.5.1.2 that “(…) the expressions or variable references of an argument list are evaluated in order, from left to right (…)”.

So, when this code is compiled with the C# 4.0 compiler:

static void M(
    int x = 10,
    int y = 20,
    int z = 30)
{
    Console.WriteLine(
        "x={0}, y={1}, z={2}", x, y, z);
}

static void Main(string[] args)
{
    int a = 0;

    M(++a, z: ++a);
}


and run, this unexpected output is obtained:



x=2, y=20, z=1


In fact, fixing this compiler flaw was the cause of one of the few breaking changes introduced in C# 5.0.



Using the 5.0 compiler, the expected result is obtained:



x=1, y=20, z=2


To avoid this type of surprises, expression evaluation should be avoided in argument lists.



With this code:



int a = 0;

int i = ++a;
int j = ++a;

M(i, z: j);


the same result is obtained for both C# 4.0 and C# 5.0:



x=1, y=20, z=2