This is just a brief note to publicize a coming improvement to the
async language support.
Note that the “14” in the name is the version number, not the year of release. In other words, the CTP is for “Visual Studio 14”, not “Visual Studio 2014”. If I had to guess, I would say that this CTP will probably become “Visual Studio 2015”.
With the new compilers, changes to the C# language (e.g.,
await) are easier than they used to be. One improvement that is coming is the use of
finally blocks. This enables your error-handling/cleanup code to be asynchronous without awkward code mangling.
For example, let’s say that you want to (asynchronously) log an exception in one of your
async methods. The natural way to write this is:
And this natural code works fine in Visual Studio “14”. However, the currently-released Visual Studio 2013 does not support
await in a
catch, so you would have to keep some kind of “error flag” and move the actual error handling logic outside the
This is only a simple example; in real-world code, this can get ugly rather quickly!
Fortunately, it looks like the next version of Visual Studio will fix this by allowing
finally blocks. I’ve tested this out with the Visual Studio “14” CTP, and it does work!
This blog post is describing technology currently in preview (CTP). The final product may be different.