Task Constructor (Action)

Task Constructor (Action)

 

Initializes a new Task with the specified action.

Namespace:   System.Threading.Tasks
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public Task(
	Action action
)

Parameters

action
Type: System.Action

The delegate that represents the code to execute in the task.

Exception Condition
ArgumentNullException

The action argument is null.

Rather than calling this constructor, the most common way to instantiate a Task object and launch a task is by calling the static Task.Run(Action) or TaskFactory.StartNew(Action) method. The only advantage offered by this constructor is that it allows object instantiation to be separated from task invocation.

The following example uses the Task(Action) constructor to create tasks that retrieve the filenames in specified directories. All tasks write the file names to a single ConcurrentBag<T> object. The example then calls the WaitAll(Task[]) method to ensure that all tasks have completed, and then displays a count of the total number of file names written to the ConcurrentBag<T> object.

using System;
using System.Collections.Concurrent;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.IO;
using System.Threading.Tasks;

public class Example
{
   public static void Main()
   {
      var list = new ConcurrentBag<string>();
      string[] dirNames = { ".", ".." };
      List<Task> tasks = new List<Task>();
      foreach (var dirName in dirNames) {
         Task t = new Task( () => { foreach(var path in Directory.GetFiles(dirName))
                                    list.Add(path); }  );
         tasks.Add(t);
         t.Start();
      }
      Task.WaitAll(tasks.ToArray());
      foreach (Task t in tasks)
         Console.WriteLine("Task {0} Status: {1}", t.Id, t.Status);

      Console.WriteLine("Number of files read: {0}", list.Count);
   }
}
// The example displays output like the following:
//       Task 1 Status: RanToCompletion
//       Task 2 Status: RanToCompletion
//       Number of files read: 23

The following example is identical, except that it used the Run(Action) method to instantiate and run the task in a single operation. The method returns the Task object that represents the task.

using System;
using System.Collections.Concurrent;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.IO;
using System.Threading.Tasks;

public class Example
{
   public static void Main()
   {
      var list = new ConcurrentBag<string>();
      string[] dirNames = { ".", ".." };
      List<Task> tasks = new List<Task>();
      foreach (var dirName in dirNames) {
         Task t = Task.Run( () => { foreach(var path in Directory.GetFiles(dirName)) 
                                       list.Add(path); }  );
         tasks.Add(t);
      }
      Task.WaitAll(tasks.ToArray());
      foreach (Task t in tasks)
         Console.WriteLine("Task {0} Status: {1}", t.Id, t.Status);

      Console.WriteLine("Number of files read: {0}", list.Count);
   }
}
// The example displays output like the following:
//       Task 1 Status: RanToCompletion
//       Task 2 Status: RanToCompletion
//       Number of files read: 23

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 4.0
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Silverlight
Available since 5.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 8.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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