Threading in .net

Posted on 2009-04-14
Last Modified: 2013-11-08
we are making an application which requires fetch from the database using a webservice. Until the fetch completes the application hangs. We incoroporated threads into the application both plain threads and background threads but none of them are able to bring the application out of the hang until the fetch completes. What could be wrong with our approach? we want a separate thread doing a fetch and doesnot effect the rest of the application!
Question by:sultansaadat
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by:käµfm³d 👽
ID: 24141053
Could you possibly post some code dealing with where you are creating the thread and where you are making the threaded call to the webservice?

Author Comment

ID: 24141179
here goes the code. This one has a simple call to an online database.
 ClassDAL cdl = new ClassDAL();
 DataSet ds = new DataSet();
 void testThread()
             if (InvokeRequired)
                MethodInvoker method = new MethodInvoker(testThread);
            ClassDAL cdl = new ClassDAL();
            //DataSet ds = new DataSet();
            ds = cdl.getAllProducts();
 private void button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
 private void backgroundWorker1_DoWork(object sender, DoWorkEventArgs e)
        private void backgroundWorker1_RunWorkerCompleted(object sender, RunWorkerCompletedEventArgs e)
            dataGridView1.DataSource = ds;
            dataGridView1.DataMember = ds.Tables[0].TableName;

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Author Comment

ID: 24141197
our thread is not running asynchronously!
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Expert Comment

ID: 24141968
Take a look at the documentation for the ISychronizeInvoke interface:
What happens with Invoke is that is basically just a call to BeginInvoke followed by a call to EndInvoke.  Invoke will be a synchronous call.

Author Comment

ID: 24141991
Thanks. I will try the code now! :)

Author Comment

ID: 24142027
basically we wont have to create other threads?

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obrienslalom earned 500 total points
ID: 24144223
I am not going to say that you don't need another thread.  That is what the BackGroundWorker will do for you.  What you are running into in your case is a bit odd actually.  A little background might be needed.

Imagine you have a single GUI thread, which creates a bunch of controls. Now you spawn off another thread to perform some work. This new thread shouldn't be able to update the controls created and owned by the GUI thread.

Invoke/BeginInvoke transfers the tasks onto the GUI threads. That is why you are seeing an unresponsive interface.  You are spawning a background worker, which just transfers the work right back to the original thread.

So, basically, you don't need to use Invoke unless you are updating the controls on the GUI.  So do as much work as you can first, then use Invoke when you have to (which will be any cross-thread updates).

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