PeterM PeterM - 9 months ago 126 Question

Synchronous Wait Without Blocking the UI-Thread

Is there a synchronous wait function that won't tie up the UI-thread in .NET WPF? Something like:

Sub OnClick(sender As Object, e As MouseEventArgs) Handles button1.Click
'Ui still processes other events here
MessageBox.Show("Is has been 2 seconds since you clicked the button!")
End Sub


You can use a DispatcherTimer for that sort of thing.

Edit: This might do as well...

private void Wait(double seconds)
    var frame = new DispatcherFrame();
    new Thread((ThreadStart)(() =>
            frame.Continue = false;

(Dispatcher.PushFrame documentation.)

Starting with .NET 4.5 you can use async event handlers and Task.Delay to get the same behaviour. To simply let the UI update during such a handler return Dispatcher.Yield.