user387184 user387184 - 1 year ago 101 Question

How can the BackgroundWorker get values from the UI thread while it is running?

I am using the BackgroundWorker to do the heavy tasks so the UI thread doesn't get blocked. While the BackgroundWorker can send values to the UI thread using the progress-scheme, how can the BackgroundWorker get some values FROM the UI thread?

Either by asking it or simply by the UI thread sending some values to the BackgroundWorker?

Just accessing a variable of the UI thread like UIForm.x within the BackgroundWorker does not work, it does not seem to have access to the UI variables???

Many thanks

Answer Source

Other threads than the UI thread are not allowed to access the UI. You probably started the BackgroundWorker with worker.RunWorkerAsync(). You can also start it with worker.RunWorkerAsync(someObject). While the worker is running, you cannot pass new objects, but you can alter the contents of the object itself. Since object types are reference types, the UI thread and the worker thread will see the same object content.

Imports System.ComponentModel
Imports System.Threading

Class BgWorkerCommunication
    Private _worker As BackgroundWorker

    Private Class WorkParameters
        Public text As String
    End Class

    Public Sub DoRun()
        Dim param = New WorkParameters()

        _worker = New BackgroundWorker()
        AddHandler _worker.DoWork, New DoWorkEventHandler(AddressOf _worker_DoWork)
        AddHandler _worker.RunWorkerCompleted, New RunWorkerCompletedEventHandler(AddressOf _worker_RunWorkerCompleted)

        param.text = "running "
        While _worker.IsBusy
            param.text += "."
        End While
    End Sub

    Private Sub _worker_RunWorkerCompleted(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As RunWorkerCompletedEventArgs)
    End Sub

    Private Sub _worker_DoWork(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As DoWorkEventArgs)
        Dim param = DirectCast(e.Argument, WorkParameters)
        For i As Integer = 0 To 9
    End Sub
End Class