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System.Diagnostics.Stopwatch.Frequency Help

Posted on 2006-05-08
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Last Modified: 2009-07-29
Anyone here have an example of System.Diagnostics.Stopwatch ?

I can't get the stopwatch.frequency property to work.

Anytime I try to use it I get an error:
"access of shared member, constant member, enum member or nested type through an instance; qualifying expression will not be evaluated."

Private swStopWatch As New Stopwatch

Private Sub _SendTCPPacket(ByVal ar As IAsyncResult)
End Sub

Private Sub _ReceiveTCPPacket(ByVal ar As IAsyncResult)
                UpdateHistory(" Millseconds:" & swStopWatch.Elapsed.TotalMilliseconds) 'THIS WORKS
                UpdateHistory(swStopWatch.Frequency.MinValue) 'THIS DOES NOT
                UpdateHistory(swStopWatch.Frequency.MaxValue) 'THIS DOES NOT
End Sub
Question by:Hepen
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               UpdateHistory(Stopwatch.Frequency.MinValue) 'THIS DOES NOT
                UpdateHistory(Stopwatch.Frequency.MaxValue) 'THIS DOES NOT

Frequency is shared property and should be accessed using class name and not instance.
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Example of using this class can be found in the MSDN topic Stopwatch Class:

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that example doesn't show how to use frequency unfortunately.

Do you know how by any chance?

You say it is a shared property and should be accessed using class name and not instance.

How do you do that?
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Use Stopwatch instead of swStopWatch.

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Isn't frequency supposed to return an average or something?

Author Comment

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OMG i thought frequency was a convenient way of returning an average of all the start,stop measurements. LOL
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Stopwatch.Frequency returns timer frequency. This is processor feature, therefore it is shared and accessed using class name. This parameter is used in program written using Windows API to count time interval, knowing number of ticks and timer frequency. StopWatch class has ElapsedMilliseconds value, so Frequency is not required for calculating time interval. You can use it to estimate presision. You can also use IsHighResolution property for this.
However, I don't beleive that there are computers running .NET without high resolution timer.
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This is MSDN example:

Public Shared Sub DisplayTimerProperties()

   ' Display the timer frequency and resolution.
   If Stopwatch.IsHighResolution Then
      Console.WriteLine("Operations timed using the system's high-resolution performance counter.")
      Console.WriteLine("Operations timed using the DateTime class.")
   End If
   Dim frequency As Long = Stopwatch.Frequency
   Console.WriteLine("  Timer frequency in ticks per second = {0}", frequency)
   Dim nanosecPerTick As Long = 1000000000 / frequency
   Console.WriteLine("  Timer is accurate within {0} nanoseconds", nanosecPerTick)

End Sub

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