DataServiceContext.BeginExecute<TElement> Method (Uri, AsyncCallback, Object)


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Asynchronously sends the request so that this call does not block processing while waiting for the results from the service.

Namespace:   System.Data.Services.Client
Assembly:  System.Data.Services.Client (in System.Data.Services.Client.dll)

public IAsyncResult BeginExecute<TElement>(
	Uri requestUri,
	AsyncCallback callback,
	object state


Type: System.Uri

The URI to which the query request will be sent. The URI may be any valid data service URI; it can contain $ query parameters.

Type: System.AsyncCallback

Delegate to invoke when results are available for client consumption.

Type: System.Object

User-defined state object passed to the callback.

Return Value

Type: System.IAsyncResult

An object that is used to track the status of the asynchronous operation.

Type Parameters


The type returned by the query.

The returned IAsyncResult object is used to determine when the asynchronous operation has completed. For more information, see Asynchronous Operations (WCF Data Services).

The method BeginExecute<TElement> uses the same semantics as Execute<TElement>, however this method asynchronously sends the request so that this call does not block processing while waiting for the results from the service. According to the standard begin-end asynchronous pattern, the provided callback is invoked when query results are retrieved.

The following example shows how to execute an asynchronous query by calling the BeginExecute method to start the query. The inline delegate calls the EndExecute method to display the query results. This example uses the DataServiceContext generated by the Add Service Reference tool based on the Northwind data service, which is created when you complete the WCF Data Services .

public static void BeginExecuteCustomersQuery()
    // Create the DataServiceContext using the service URI.
    NorthwindEntities context = new NorthwindEntities(svcUri);

    // Define the query to execute asynchronously that returns 
    // all customers with their respective orders.
    DataServiceQuery<Customer> query = (DataServiceQuery<Customer>)(from cust in context.Customers.Expand("Orders")
                                       where cust.CustomerID == "ALFKI"
                                       select cust);

        // Begin query execution, supplying a method to handle the response
        // and the original query object to maintain state in the callback.
        query.BeginExecute(OnCustomersQueryComplete, query);
    catch (DataServiceQueryException ex)
        throw new ApplicationException(
            "An error occurred during query execution.", ex);

// Handle the query callback.
private static void OnCustomersQueryComplete(IAsyncResult result)
    // Get the original query from the result.
    DataServiceQuery<Customer> query = 
        result as DataServiceQuery<Customer>;

    foreach (Customer customer in query.EndExecute(result))
        Console.WriteLine("Customer Name: {0}", customer.CompanyName);
        foreach (Order order in customer.Orders)
            Console.WriteLine("Order #: {0} - Freight $: {1}",
                order.OrderID, order.Freight);

.NET Framework
Available since 3.5
Available since 2.0
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