I am currently working on the architecture for a future software design. The design is one long running task (hours-long) with thousands of sequential calls to various libraries. I currently have a method of pausing this long-running task, that I would first like to discuss before asking my question.

The flow of control for the pause will work as follows:

  1. The user/operator clicks on a pause button.
  2. A ManualResetEvent is Set.
  3. The running task (described in first paragraph) will observe the ManualResetEvent and stops in its tracks.

The task might be some sequential looking thing such as...

/// <summary>
/// Some task that calls three wrapped library
/// methods.
/// </summary>
public void MyTaskMethod()
    // perform some library methods...

The pausing methodology involves the following, wrapping the library methods in order to observe a ManualResetEvent as follows:

/// <summary>
/// Wraps a library method call, and also checks
/// to see if we're paused.
/// </summary>
public void WrappedLibraryMethodOne()
    // 1. Check if we should pause here.

    // 2. Call the library method.

Note, that the ManualResetEvents do not adhere to any timeout. Additionally, all of the WrappedLibraryMethods look like this (hence the DRY-thing).

My problem with using this method, is that now I have to wrap all of my library methods. This almost becomes a DRY problem, where I am wrapping every single method that comes along.


This way of doing things does work, and I don't have a huge issue with the fact that I am only creating an illusion of concurrency. However, should I try and stream-line this somehow?

  • I think we need a bit more information. Why do you need to wait or is it 'hit any key to continue'-pausing, for how long do you need to wait, is there any locking mechanism involved, does WaitOne() wait a set time or until an event has occured (has someone hit the any key) etc. You mention concurrency is there a reason you don't use threads? – Bent Apr 12 '16 at 13:57
  • @Bent I do state that I use a task... So I'm not sure where you're going with that... I'll do my best to add some more information. – Snoop Apr 12 '16 at 13:58
  • @Bent There you go. – Snoop Apr 12 '16 at 14:04

If I understand this correctly you have a long list of methods that should be called sequentially.

But you would like to be able to pause the execution between each call to a method, but you do not now where beforehand.

An algorithm like this might do the trick

public void MyTaskMethod()
    List methodObjList = GetListOfMethodObjs();

    foreach(var item in methodObjList)

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