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AsyncEx

A helper library for async/await.

Note: This README is for AsyncEx v5 (prerelease). For AsyncEx v4 (the current version), see here. If you are seeing an upgrade error when upgrading from v3 to v4, see this documentation.

Supports netstandard1.3 (including .NET 4.6, .NET Core 1.0, Xamarin.iOS 10, Xamarin.Android 7, Mono 4.6, and Universal Windows 10).

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Getting Started

Install the NuGet package.

AsyncLock

A lot of developers start using this library for AsyncLock, an async-compatible mutual exclusion mechanism. Using AsyncLock is straightforward:

private readonly AsyncLock _mutex = new AsyncLock();
public async Task UseLockAsync()
{
  // AsyncLock can be locked asynchronously
  using (await _mutex.LockAsync())
  {
    // It's safe to await while the lock is held
    await Task.Delay(TimeSpan.FromSeconds(1));
  }
}

AsyncLock also fully supports cancellation:

public async Task UseLockAsync()
{
  // Attempt to take the lock only for 2 seconds.
  var cts = new CancellationTokenSource(TimeSpan.FromSeconds(2));
  
  // If the lock isn't available after 2 seconds, this will
  //  raise OperationCanceledException.
  using (await _mutex.LockAsync(cts.Token))
  {
    await Task.Delay(TimeSpan.FromSeconds(1));
  }
}

AsyncLock also has a synchronous API. This permits some threads to acquire the lock asynchronously while other threads acquire the lock synchronously (blocking the thread).

public async Task UseLockAsync()
{
  using (await _mutex.LockAsync())
  {
    await Task.Delay(TimeSpan.FromSeconds(1));
  }
}

public void UseLock()
{
  using (_mutex.Lock())
  {
    Thread.Sleep(TimeSpan.FromSeconds(1));
  }
}

Other Coordination Primitives

AsyncLock is just the beginning. The AsyncEx library contains a full suite of coordination primitives: AsyncManualResetEvent, AsyncAutoResetEvent, AsyncConditionVariable, AsyncMonitor, AsyncSemaphore, AsyncCountdownEvent, and AsyncReaderWriterLock.

More Stuff

There's quite a few other helpful types; see the docs for full details

Infrequently Asked Questions

Older Platforms

AsyncEx v4 supported .NET 4.0, Windows Store 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8.0, Windows Phone Applications 8.1, and Silverlight 5.0. Support for these platforms has been dropped with AsyncEx v5.

AsyncEx v3 supported Windows Store 8.0, Windows Phone Silverlight 7.5, and Silverlight 4.0. Support for these platforms has been dropped with AsyncEx v4.