Daniel Allen Langdon Daniel Allen Langdon - 11 days ago 6
Vb.net Question

How can I know if a .net event is already handled?

I've written some code to handle an event as follows:

AddHandler myObject.myEvent, AddressOf myFunction


It seemed that everything was working at first, but when I ran the debugger, I discovered that oftentimes,
myFunction
would run several times each time
myObject.myEvent
fired. I figured out that I had allowed the code to add the event handler to run more than once, resulting in this behavior.

Is there a way I can do something like this?

If myObject.myEvent is not handled Then
AddHandler myObject.myEvent, AddressOf myFunction
End If

Answer

Assuming it's not your code that's publishing the event, you can't. The idea is that subscribers are isolated from each other - you can't find out about other event subscribers, raise the event yourself etc.

If the problem is that you're adding your own handler multiple times, you should be able to fix that yourself by keeping track of whether you have added a handler. Steven's idea of removing the handler before adding it is an interesting workaround: it's valid to attempt to remove a handler even when it isn't subscribed. However, I'd regard this as a workaround to your app not really knowing what it should be doing. It's a very quick short-term fix, but I'd be worried about leaving it in for the longer term.

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