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WaitCallback Delegate

Represents a callback method to be executed by a thread pool thread.

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

'Declaration
<ComVisibleAttribute(True)> _
Public Delegate Sub WaitCallback ( _
	state As Object _
)
'Usage
Dim instance As New WaitCallback(AddressOf HandlerMethod)
/** @delegate */
/** @attribute ComVisibleAttribute(true) */ 
public delegate void WaitCallback (
	Object state
)
JScript supports the use of delegates, but not the declaration of new ones.

Parameters

state

An object containing information to be used by the callback method.

WaitCallback represents a callback method that you want to execute on a ThreadPool thread. Create the delegate by passing your callback method to the WaitCallback constructor. Your method must have the signature shown here.

Queue your task for execution by passing the WaitCallback delegate to ThreadPool.QueueUserWorkItem. Your callback method executes when a thread pool thread becomes available.

NoteNote

Visual Basic users can omit the WaitCallback constructor, and simply use the AddressOf operator when passing the callback method to QueueUserWorkItem. Visual Basic automatically calls the correct delegate constructor.

If you want to pass information to your callback method, create an object that contains the necessary information and pass it to QueueUserWorkItem when you queue your task for execution. Each time your callback method executes, the state parameter contains this object.

For more information about using callbacks to synchronize thread pool threads, see The Managed Thread Pool.

Imports System
Imports System.Threading

Public Class Example

    <MTAThread> _
    Public Shared Sub Main()
        ' Queue the task.
        ThreadPool.QueueUserWorkItem( _
            New WaitCallback(AddressOf ThreadProc) _
            )
        ' Note that you do not have to create the WaitCallback delegate
        ' explicitly in Visual Basic.  The following line also queues 
        ' the task:
        'ThreadPool.QueueUserWorkItem(AddressOf ThreadProc)
        
        Console.WriteLine("Main thread does some work, then sleeps.")
        ' If you comment out the Sleep, the main thread exits before
        ' the thread pool task runs.  The thread pool uses background
        ' threads, which do not keep the application running.  (This
        ' is a simple example of a race condition.)
        Thread.Sleep(1000)

        Console.WriteLine("Main thread exits.")
    End Sub

    ' This thread procedure performs the task.
    Shared Sub ThreadProc(stateInfo As Object)
        ' No state object was passed to QueueUserWorkItem, so 
        ' stateInfo is null.
        Console.WriteLine("Hello from the thread pool.")
    End Sub
End Class

import System.*;
import System.Threading.*;
import System.Threading.Thread;

public class Example
{
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        // Queue the task.
        ThreadPool.QueueUserWorkItem(new WaitCallback(ThreadProc));
        Console.WriteLine("Main thread does some work, then sleeps.");

        // If you comment out the Sleep, the main thread exits before
        // the thread pool task runs.  The thread pool uses background
        // threads, which do not keep the application running.  (This
        // is a simple example of a race condition.)
        Thread.Sleep(1000);
        Console.WriteLine("Main thread exits.");
    } //main

    // This thread procedure performs the task.
    static void ThreadProc(Object stateInfo)
    {
        // No state object was passed to QueueUserWorkItem, so 
        // stateInfo is null.
        Console.WriteLine("Hello from the thread pool.");
    } //ThreadProc
} //Example

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The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

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