Showing posts from May, 2013

CruiseControl.NET: Trigger Project From its URL

Recently we had a requirement to trigger CCNet projects from a Nant file. I thought since Nant and CruiseControl work so well together it would be a piece of cake. But no, Nant doesn’t have anything to trigger projects.

The CCTray connects to CCNet server using Remoting, in days when WCF looks old there are still applications using Remoting :-). I could, in Nant, write C# code and use the library provided by CruiseControl and do exactly what CCTray does to trigger a project. Well, it’s possible, but there was still something missing.If I go to a project’s web dashboard and click on the ‘Force Build’ button – then what happens? I thought that since the dashboard is in, it might well make a Remoting call on the server-side. But to investigate I fired up Fiddler and this is what I saw:POST http://your-ccnet-server/ccnet/server/local/project/your-ccnet-project/ViewProjectReport.aspx HTTP/1.1
Host: your-ccnet-server
Connection: keep-alive
Content-Length: 16
Cache-Control: max-age=0

TPL: Parent-Child Tasks and Captured Variables

What do you think will be the return value of the Task named “parentTask”?voidMain()
Console.WriteLine ("Main start.");
//captured variable
int i = 100;

Task<int> parentTask = new Task<int>(()=>
Console.WriteLine ("In parent start");

Task childTask1 = Task.Factory.StartNew(() => {
Interlocked.Increment(ref i);
Console.WriteLine ("In child 1:" + i);
}, TaskCreationOptions.AttachedToParent);

Task childTask2 = Task.Factory.StartNew(() => {
Interlocked.Increment(ref i);
Console.WriteLine ("In child 2:" + i);
}, TaskCreationOptions.AttachedToParent );

Console.WriteLine ("In parent end");
return i;


Console.WriteLine ("Calling Result.");
//next statement will wait on the task
Console.WriteLine (parentTask.Result);

Console.WriteLine ("Main end.");

If a parent-child task hierarchy is set by using TaskCreationOptions.At…

.NET Thread Pool


1. What’s a thread pool and why do we need it?
2. Is it per AppDomain or process?
3. What are the characteristics of a thread in the thread pool?
4. How is thread pool used by the .NET framework?
5. How can we use the thread pool?
6. QueueUserWorkItem
7. Threads are background or foreground?
8. Task Parallel Library
9. When to avoid using thread pool?
10. How many threads are available in the pool?
11. Exceptions
12. Resources

What’s a thread pool and why do we need it?
A thread pool is a store of threads. This store is created at application startup. The thread pool allows developers to focus on tasks or work items and not bother with managing threads actively. It relieves them from instantiating a new thread, starting it over and managing it. Thread pool is also used a lot internally by the framework. For e.g. the asynchronous method calls (BeginInvoke) use a thread from pool, without we knowing or worrying about it at all.
Also creating new threads is expensive, so why not reuse them? …

Difference between delegate() { } and delegate { }

Many times we use delegates such as Action<T> or Func<T, TResult> and we do not want to pass in any argument. For instance, let’s take the Click event’s delegate EventHandler.

The EventHandler delegate expects two arguments – sender and event args, but there are instances when we do not use these parameters in the method. Now when we are writing anonymous method we need to specify these arguments. Code: button1.Click +=
delegate(object sender, EventArgs args)
MessageBox.Show("Got Clicked!");

But, we also have another option. Code:

button1.Click +=
MessageBox.Show("Got Clicked!");

And it works! So we do not use () after the keyword delegate, and it runs perfectly.

But do note, if we are using lambda this option is not available.

button1.Click += () => //ERROR
MessageBox.Show("Got Clicked!&qu…