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Hands-On Parallel Programming with C# 8 and .NET Core 3

By : Shakti Tanwar
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Hands-On Parallel Programming with C# 8 and .NET Core 3

By: Shakti Tanwar

Overview of this book

In today’s world, every CPU has a multi-core processor. However, unless your application has implemented parallel programming, it will fail to utilize the hardware’s full processing capacity. This book will show you how to write modern software on the optimized and high-performing .NET Core 3 framework using C# 8. Hands-On Parallel Programming with C# 8 and .NET Core 3 covers how to build multithreaded, concurrent, and optimized applications that harness the power of multi-core processors. Once you’ve understood the fundamentals of threading and concurrency, you’ll gain insights into the data structure in .NET Core that supports parallelism. The book will then help you perform asynchronous programming in C# and diagnose and debug parallel code effectively. You’ll also get to grips with the new Kestrel server and understand the difference between the IIS and Kestrel operating models. Finally, you’ll learn best practices such as test-driven development, and run unit tests on your parallel code. By the end of the book, you’ll have developed a deep understanding of the core concepts of concurrency and asynchrony to create responsive applications that are not CPU-intensive.
Table of Contents (22 chapters)
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Section 1: Fundamentals of Threading, Multitasking, and Asynchrony
Section 2: Data Structures that Support Parallelism in .NET Core
Section 3: Asynchronous Programming Using C#
Section 4: Debugging, Diagnostics, and Unit Testing for Async Code
Section 5: Parallel Programming Feature Additions to .NET Core

Converting APM patterns into tasks

The legacy APM approach used the IAsyncResult interface to create asynchronous methods with a design pattern using two methods: BeginMethodName and EndMethodName. Let's try to understand the journey of a program from being synchronous, to an APM, and then to a task.

Here is a synchronous method that reads data from a text file:

private static void ReadFileSynchronously()        
string path = @"Test.txt";
//Open the stream and read content.
using (FileStream fs = File.OpenRead(path))
byte[] b = new byte[1024];
UTF8Encoding encoder = new UTF8Encoding(true);
fs.Read(b, 0, b.Length);

There is nothing fancy in the preceding code. First, we created a FileStream object and called the Read method, which reads the file from the disk...