Windows forms question

I have a windows application with one form. The form loads a large amount of data from the database and thus takes a relatively long time to load. I want to add another form (with a progress bar or an image) to a project that will load first and stay while the data form runs on the background, and, when all the data is loaded, I want the progress bar form to close and to display data form with loaded data. What's the best way to do that?
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YZlatAsked:
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plqCommented:
Are you sure another form is better ?

What about using multiple threads - one for the form and one for the dataload - and timers to load the data in, and let the form display a progress bar which is later hidden ?
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YZlatAuthor Commented:
how can I do this?
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plqCommented:
Take a look around the System.Threading framework namespace, its all in there.

Basically your form_load sets off a timer on a one time call. The timer creates a new thread and sets it off loading the data, in the meantime your original thread continues to process form events and can update the progress bar. I think you could share form level vars between threads although I'm a bit rusty on that.

Sorry I'm not a very good expert !   Its usually you helping me !  Not much point me trying to assemble an example when you could do it quicker yourself ! :)

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YZlatAuthor Commented:
:)

tell me one thing if you know, do I need to close threads after I am done with them?
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plqCommented:
no, I think .net framework will close all the threads for you when the form ends.

In the meantime you have to suspend the thread once its finished its job. Or I think it can suspend itself, but not tried either..

e.g. System.Threading.Thread.CurrentThread.Suspend

Here's an general example from EE



    Private running As Boolean
 
    Private Sub Button1_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click
        Dim t As New System.Threading.Thread(AddressOf Me.ThreadedRoutine)
        running = True
        t.Start()
    End Sub

    Private Sub ThreadedRoutine()
        While running
            Debug.WriteLine(DateTime.Now)
            System.Threading.Thread.Sleep(1000)
        Wend
    End Sub

    Private Sub Button2_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button2.Click
        running = False
    End Sub


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