Lazy<T> Constructor (Func<T>^, Boolean)


Initializes a new instance of the Lazy<T> class. When lazy initialization occurs, the specified initialization function and initialization mode are used.

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

	Func<T>^ valueFactory,
	bool isThreadSafe


Type: System::Func<T>^

The delegate that is invoked to produce the lazily initialized value when it is needed.

Type: System::Boolean

true to make this instance usable concurrently by multiple threads; false to make this instance usable by only one thread at a time.

Exception Condition

valueFactory is null.

The thread safety mode of a Lazy<T> instance that is initialized with this constructor is LazyThreadSafetyMode::ExecutionAndPublication if isThreadSafe is true; otherwise, the mode is LazyThreadSafetyMode::None. The thread safety mode describes the behavior when multiple threads try to initialize the Lazy<T> instance.

To specify the LazyThreadSafetyMode::PublicationOnly mode, use the Lazy<T>(Func<T>^, LazyThreadSafetyMode) or Lazy<T>(LazyThreadSafetyMode) constructor.

Exceptions that are thrown by valueFactory are cached. For more information, see the Lazy<T> class or the System.Threading::LazyThreadSafetyMode enumeration.

The following example demonstrates the use of this constructor to provide lazy initialization with exception caching, in a scenario with a single thread. It also demonstrates the use of the Lazy<T>constructor (specifying LazyThreadSafetyMode::None for mode). To switch to that constructor, just change which constructor is commented out.


For code that demonstrates how to use this constructor in multithreaded scenarios (specifying true for isThreadSafe), see the example for the Lazy<T>(Func<T>^) constructor.

The example defines a LargeObject class that will be initialized lazily by one of several threads. The three key sections of code illustrate the creation of the initializer, the actual initialization, and the constructor of the LargeObject class, which demonstrates exception caching. At the beginning of the Main method, the example creates the thread-safe lazy initializer for LargeObject:

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In the call to the constructor, the isThreadSafe parameter is false, so the Lazy<T> is not thread safe. Because it's not thread safe, the example calls the Value property three times on the same thread:

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In the constructor of the LargeObject class, the third key section of code throws an exception the first time a LargeObject instance is created, but thereafter allows instance creation to occur:

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When the example is run, the first attempt to create an instance of LargeObject fails, and the exception is caught. You might expect that the next attempt would succeed, but the Lazy<T> object has cached the exception. Because of this, all three attempts throw the exception.


For simplicity, this example uses a global instance of Lazy<T>, and all the methods are static (Shared in Visual Basic). These are not requirements for the use of lazy initialization.

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