Posted on 2008-10-02
Last Modified: 2013-12-17
I have a form that load data from a database.  While the form is loading I have a pop-up window that says please wait.  I am trying to use the backgroundworker to have it run while the form is loading and disappear after it is done.    How do I use the BackgroundWorker methods (DoWork, RunWorkerCompleted, ProgressChanged) to open a dialog that says "please wait while form is loading" and then automatically closes once the form has loaded.
Question by:MichelleLacy
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You can also use a toolstripstatusbar like this example:
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Use the BackgroundWorker component in .NET 2.0.

private Form pleaseWait;

private void buttonStart_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)


    pleaseWait = new FormPleaseWait();




private void backgroundWorker1_DoWork(object sender, DoWorkEventArgs e)


    // Perform a long-running operation here...


private void backgroundWorker1_RunWorkerCompleted(object sender, RunWorkerCompletedEventArgs e)




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I use the ToolStripProgressBar and a label to update the page as the long running process is running in my class.

I have a Win Form called frmActivation and the big process is in a class called cActivation.
So showing the relevant parts I have:

Public Class frmActivation

'The class that has the long running process in it.

  Private WithEvents _Activation As ADEActivationLib.AdvancedDigitalEngines.cActivation

  Private _tspb As ToolStripProgressBar

' The start of the big process

    Private Sub Submit()



        _tspb = CType(CType(Me.ParentForm, MDIParent1).ToolStrip1.Items("ToolStripProgressBar1"), ToolStripProgressBar)

        _tspb.Enabled = True

        _tspb.Value = 10

        Me.lblStatus.Text = "Please Wait, this may take a minute or two."

        Me.lblStatus.Visible = True


    _Activation = New ....

    End Sub

'An update method that gets called by cActivation at different steps in its processing. 

'Notice the "Handles" part.

    Private Sub StatusUpdate(ByVal Message As String) Handles _Activation.StatusChanged

        Me.lblStatus.Text = Message

        _tspb.Value = _tspb.Value + 10


    End Sub

End Class

'Then in cActivation at different steps I have the following calls:

RaiseEvent StatusChanged("Setting up Activation")

RaiseEvent StatusChanged("Getting License from WebService")

RaiseEvent StatusChanged("Geting Current keys if any")

RaiseEvent StatusChanged("Confirming License")

RaiseEvent StatusChanged("Evaluating / Saving License")


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ID: 22623082

set WorkerReportsProgress to true.
define the RunWorkerCompleted to a event handler, when this will be fired then close your window alert.

Good luck!

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