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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Worker Threads!

Many times you need to call a function/method that does some really heavy work. However, you don't want this function call to block your main application. You want to maintain a responsive GUI, for example!

This famous problem has a solution using multi-threading. From my background in the C++ Qt framework, I know the basic principles involved. And there is a very famous Qt example that explains how this "Worker Thread" solution can be implemented: The Madelbrot Example

Today I wanted to solve the same problem but in the C# (.Net Framework) context. Fortunately, the MSDN had a similar example that illustrates the solution to this problem, making use of the BackgroundWorker class:

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