AsyncCompletedEventArgs.Error Property

Gets a value that indicates which error occurred during an asynchronous operation.

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

Public ReadOnly Property Error As Exception

Property Value

Type: System.Exception
An Exception instance, if an error occurred during an asynchronous operation; otherwise Nothing.

If an exception is raised during an asynchronous operation, the class will assign the exception to the Error property. The client application's event-handler delegate should check the Error property before accessing any properties in a class derived from AsyncCompletedEventArgs. Otherwise, the property will raise a TargetInvocationException with its InnerException property holding a reference to Error.

The value of the Error property is Nothing if the operation was canceled.

Notes to Inheritors

If you provide read-only properties in a derived class, make sure that you call the RaiseExceptionIfNecessary method in your property implementation. This prevents clients from accessing properties that are potentially not valid because of a failure in the asynchronous operation.

The following code example demonstrates the using the Error property to inform a client that an asynchronous operation failed. This code example is part of a larger example provided for the System.ComponentModel.AsyncOperationManager class.

' The worker process for data retrieval. Simulates a 
' time-consuming operation by using Thread.Sleep. 
Public Sub GetPersons(ByVal itemsCount As Integer, _
                      ByVal Name As String, _
                      ByVal asyncOperation As AsyncOperation)

    Dim canceled As Boolean = False
    Dim exception As Exception = Nothing

    Dim personList As New List(Of Person)()

    Dim i As Integer = 1
    While i <= itemsCount OrElse itemsCount = 0
        Dim currentName As String = Name + CStr(i)
        personList.Add(New Person() With { _
                .Name = currentName, _
                .Age = i, _
                .Birthday = DateTime.Today.AddYears(-i), _
                .Available = (i Mod 2 = 0) _

        ' Delay 1 second for each person. 

        ' Report progress by using AsyncOperation to raise 
        ' the ProgressChanged event. Pass in itemsCount of 
        ' zero to see effect of catching an exception. 
        Dim percentComplete As Integer
            percentComplete = Convert.ToInt32(i * 100 / itemsCount)
        Catch ex As Exception
            exception = ex
            Exit While
        End Try

        Dim progressChangedEventArgs As _
            New GetPersonsProgressChangedEventArgs _
                (currentName, _
                 percentComplete, _

        asyncOperation.Post _
            (AsyncOpProgressReportHandler, progressChangedEventArgs)

        If GetPersonsCheckForCancellation _
            (asyncOperation.UserSuppliedState) Then
            canceled = True
            Exit While
        End If

        i += 1
    End While

    ' Report completion by raising the Completed event. 
    Dim completedEventArgs As _
        New GetPersonsCompletedEventArgs _
            (personList, _
             exception, _
             canceled, _

    asyncOperation.PostOperationCompleted _
        (AsyncOpCompletedHandler, completedEventArgs)
End Sub


Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

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