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Make Your Asynchronous C# Code Cancellable

When I was a newcomer I faced with a chunk of long-running code that didn’t support cancellation. I needed to cancel it somehow. Unfortunately, I had no access to that code, so I couldn’t modify it. I was struggling with the requirement to be able to cancel that code. I was thinking about the problem for two days as I remember and I couldn’t believe that it’s actually not possible to cancel random code. Yes, there is the Thread.Abort method presented since .NET 1, but it’s strongly not recommended to use it, because we can’t predict what will happen to the code which is going to be aborted. It’s even almost (or absolutely) impossible to write code which is reliable in case it is aborted by Thread.Abort, because it’s even not guaranteed that your finally-blocks will be executed. One will say that I’m talking about self-evident things, but I’ve heard many times from developers exclamations like, “why we can’t simply use Thread.Abort in order to interrupt that function?” That’s why I decided to write this post, showing how simple it is to write cancellable code.

By | 2016-04-26T18:31:21+00:00 January 22nd, 2016|.NET, Best Practices, C#, Multithreading|2 Comments