Visual Basic Improvements in Visual Studio 11: Listing 3.

An incorrect pattern for consuming Async functions

Private Sub IncorrectCallerAsync()
    'Illustrates a usage pattern for Async and Await that will fail
    '"Method completed:" displays 1-2 seconds before "HTML received:" message
    wb1.DocumentText = ""
    Dim HTMLtask = GetHTMLAsync(msdnURL)
    If (HTMLtask.Status = TaskStatus.RanToCompletion) Then
      'This never executes since task returns TaskStatus.WaitingForActivation
      Dim HTML As String = HTMLtask.Result
      wb1.Document.Write(HTML)
      lblElapsedSynch.Text = "Page 1 Updated: " & Now.TimeOfDay.ToString
    End If
    lblElapsedSynch.Text = "Method completed: " & Now.TimeOfDay.ToString
  End Sub
  Private Async Function GetHTMLAsync(webPageURL As String) As Task(Of String)
    Dim HTMLcontent = String.Empty
    Try
      Dim response = Await New System.Net.Http.HttpClient().GetAsync(New System.Uri(webPageURL))
      HTMLcontent = response.Content.ReadAsString
      lblElapsedAsync.Text = "HTML received: " & Now.TimeOfDay.ToString
    Catch ex As Exception
      Dim msg = "Exception: {0}" & vbCrLf & vbCrLf & "{1}"
      MessageBox.Show(String.Format(msg, ex.Message, ex.InnerException.Message))
    End Try
    Return HTMLcontent
  End Function

About the Author

Joe Kunk is a Microsoft MVP in Visual Basic, three-time president of the Greater Lansing User Group for .NET, and developer for Dart Container Corporation of Mason, Michigan. He's been developing software for over 30 years and has worked in the education, government, financial and manufacturing industries. Kunk's co-authored the book "Professional DevExpress ASP.NET Controls" (Wrox Programmer to Programmer, 2009). He can be reached via email at joekunk@ajboggs.com.