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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 7: Task Parallel Library (TPL) and Dataflow

The Task Parallel Library (TPL) dataflow library contains building blocks to orchestrate asynchronous workflows in .NET. This chapter will introduce the TPL Dataflow library, describe the types of dataflow blocks in the library, and illustrate some common patterns for using dataflow blocks through hands-on examples.

The dataflow library can be useful when processing large amounts of data in multiple stages or when your application receives data in a continuous stream. The dataflow blocks provide a fantastic way of implementing the producer/consumer design pattern.

To understand this, we will create a sample project that implements this pattern and examine other real-world uses of the dataflow library.


It’s important to know that the TPL Dataflow library isn’t distributed as part of the .NET runtime or SDK. It’s available as a NuGet package from Microsoft. We will add it to our sample projects...