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Timeout Functions

, 11 Dec 2008 CPOL
This article explains about executing a function within a time limit. Also includes a helper class which helps to implement timeout functions easily. This article deals with running multiple timeout processes each with time limit.

namespace TimeoutFunctions.Workers
    using System;
    using System.Collections.Generic;
    using System.Threading;

    internal class TimeoutWorker : BaseWorker
        Thread worker = null;

        public TimeoutWorker() {
            worker = new Thread(this.StartProcess);

        public override bool Start(DataCarrier dataCarrier) {
            // Starting the thread
            // blocking current thread until worker finishes or timeout detected
            bool success = worker.Join(dataCarrier.TimeOut);
            if (!success)
            return success;

        void StartProcess(object userState) {
            DataCarrier data = userState as DataCarrier;
            WaitCallback methodToExecute = data.MethodToExecute;
            base.ExecuteMethod(userState, methodToExecute);

        void ProcessTimeout() {

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Call me Navaneeth Some years ago--never mind how long precisely, I was doing programs with C and C++. When .NET came, I started with C#,ASP.NET and SQL Server.

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