How to Use Async Methods in Report Event Handlers
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The report rendering is synchronous process as the items need to be rendered in order. Async/Await have been introduced with C# 5.0 and .NET Framework 4.5.
Reporting engine code targets .NET 4 and the report events are not marked as async. That is why it is not possible to use await inside the report events.
If you already have async methods, for example, for fetching data and you want to use them as data providers for you reports, you may use the approach described in this article.
When using async over a synchronous call, there is a chance for a deadlock, i.e. blocking of the UI thread. For that reason, we don't recommend this approach. It is preferable to re-create the async methods as synchronous.
Use the following syntax to call your async method, lets name it MyMethodAsync, in the report event handler or other synchronously executed code:
In the above code, ConfigureAwait(false) configures the task so that continuation after the await does not have to be run in the caller/UI context, therefore avoiding deadlocks. When everyting runs fine and there are no exceptions, the myTask.GetAwaiter().GetResult(); is equivallent to myTask.Result;. However, with the latter apporach, the potential exception will be wrapped in an AggregateException, whereas the former approach throws the direct exception. This makes the syntax from the code snippet the most preferable with respect to deadlock prevention and error handling.