Dispatcher.BeginInvoke Method (DispatcherPriority, Delegate)
Executes the specified delegate asynchronously at the specified priority on the thread the Dispatcher is associated with.
Assembly: WindowsBase (in WindowsBase.dll)
'Declaration <BrowsableAttribute(False)> _ Public Function BeginInvoke ( _ priority As DispatcherPriority, _ method As Delegate _ ) As DispatcherOperation
- Type: System.Windows.Threading.DispatcherPriority
The priority, relative to the other pending operations in the Dispatcher event queue, the specified method is invoked.
Changing the DispatcherPriority of the delegate as it is pending execution in the event queue.
Removing the delegate from the event queue.
Waiting for the delegate to return.
Obtaining the value that the delegate returns after it is executed.
BeginInvoke is asynchronous; therefore, control returns immediately to the calling object after it is called.
In WPF, only the thread that created a DispatcherObject may access that object. For example, a background thread that is spun off from the main UI thread cannot update the contents of a Button that was created on the UI thread. In order for the background thread to access the Content property of the Button, the background thread must delegate the work to the Dispatcher associated with the UI thread. This is accomplished by using either Invoke or BeginInvoke. Invoke is synchronous and BeginInvoke is asynchronous. The operation is added to the event queue of the Dispatcher at the specified DispatcherPriority.
The following example shows how to place an operation onto a Dispatcher. For the full source code of this example, see Single-Threaded Application with Long-Running Calculation Sample.
First, a delegate is created that accepts no arguments.
Next, is called. Because every DispatcherObject has a property that returns the Dispatcher it is associated with, the desired Dispatcher is obtained by querying the DispatcherObject, in this case a Button named startStopButton. The call to takes two parameters: the priority, which is set to DispatcherPriority.Normal, and the callback, which is passed in through an instance of the delegate NextPrimeDelegate.