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Parallel Programming and Concurrency with C# 10 and .NET 6

By : Alvin Ashcraft
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Parallel Programming and Concurrency with C# 10 and .NET 6

By: Alvin Ashcraft

Overview of this book

.NET has included managed threading capabilities since the beginning, but early techniques had inherent risks: memory leaks, thread synchronization issues, and deadlocks. This book will help you avoid those pitfalls and leverage the modern constructs available in .NET 6 and C# 10, while providing recommendations on patterns and best practices for parallelism and concurrency. Parallel, concurrent, and asynchronous programming are part of every .NET application today, and it becomes imperative for modern developers to understand how to effectively use these techniques. This book will teach intermediate-level .NET developers how to make their applications faster and more responsive with parallel programming and concurrency in .NET and C# with practical examples. The book starts with the essentials of multi-threaded .NET development and explores how the language and framework constructs have evolved along with .NET. You will later get to grips with the different options available today in .NET 6, followed by insights into best practices, debugging, and unit testing. By the end of this book, you will have a deep understanding of why, when, and how to employ parallelism and concurrency in any .NET application.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Part 1:Introduction to Threading in .NET
Part 2: Parallel Programming and Concurrency with C#
Part 3: Advanced Concurrency Concepts

Chapter 2: Evolution of Multithreaded Programming in .NET

As .NET and C# have evolved over the last 20 years, new and innovative approaches to multithreaded programming have been introduced. C# has added new language features to support asynchronous programming, and .NET Framework and .NET Core have added new types to support the languages. The most impactful improvements were introduced with C# 5 and .NET Framework 4.0 when Microsoft added the Task Parallel Library (TPL), thread-safe collections, and the async and await keywords.

This chapter will introduce concepts and features that will be explored in greater depth in subsequent chapters. These concepts include the .NET thread pool, asynchronous programming with async and await, concurrent collections, and parallelism. We will start by discovering when and why threading features were added to .NET and C#. Then, we will create some practical examples of how to use the new concepts. Finally, we will wrap up the chapter by discussing...