Program Freezes till it finishes execution

I'm having this problem with whatever code I write in VB .NET.  When I click the execute button in the application, and supposing the execution process takes 20 seconds, then the program completely freezez during these 20 seconds and it then gives me the output.

Which also implies that, if I want to change a textbox's contents during these 20 seconds, it won't change.  Becuase the program is in this strange state of denial!!
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in vb6 use the DoEvents method
i don't know if it works for .NET or not

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Mike TomlinsonHigh School Computer Science, Computer Applications, and Mathematics TeachersCommented:
You most likely have a loop in your application which is causing the unresponsiveness to occur.  While your program is executing the loop, it cannot process other messages intended for it such as button clicks, minimize, etc.

By adding


to the inside of your loop, you will allow your program to process any messages in its queue while still inside the loop.  This will give you the ability to have user interaction while the loop executes.  If you were to add a Cancel button for instance, your user would be more likely to be able to use it if Application.DoEvents  is in the loop.


Well, the problem is that your execution of the routine is happening in the same process as that of the main instance. And hence, until you finish the routine processing, you are blocked from doing anything. And this would be very annoying especially when the routine is a time consuming one.

The solution to this to have a separate thread of execution for the routine and call back the main thread when it completes the process. And in VB this can be achieved through ActiveX EXE and in VB.NET which supports multithreading, you can implement this by making the routine asynchronous.

Follow this link and you will find how to implement a Asynchronous component in VB.NET.

Hope this helps and I would be glad if I can help you any further.

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What about VB?

Mike TomlinsonHigh School Computer Science, Computer Applications, and Mathematics TeachersCommented:

For VB6, just put


inside your loop.


Sorry for the delay! Had been out of my work for couple of days. Well, in VB, as said, its implemented as ActiveX EXEs. Please check out my article in code project on how to implement this with VB

Will be glad to help you if required.

And further FYI, DoEvents will allow the application to handle the events that are stored in the queue to be processed. This will allow you to display some status messages but will not create a Asynchronous routine.
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