C# – ThreadPool.QueueUserWorkItem with a lambda expression and anonymous method


Passing two parameters to a new thread on the threadpool can sometimes be complicated, but it appears that with lambda expressions and anonymous methods, I can do this:

public class TestClass
    public void DoWork(string s1, string s2)

    TestClass test = new TestClass();
    string s1 = "Hello";
    string s2 = "World";
        o => test.DoWork(s1, s2)
catch (Exception ex)
    //exception logic

Now, I've certainly simplified this example, but these points are key:

  • The string objects being passed are immutable and therefore threadsafe
  • The s1 and s2 variables are declared within the scope of the try block, which I exit immediately after queuing the work to the thread pool, so the s1 and s2 variables are never modified after that.

Is there something wrong with this?

The alternative is to create a new class that implements an immutable type with 3 members: test, s1, and s2. That just seems like extra work with no benefit at this point.

Best Answer

There is nothing wrong with this. The compiler is essentially doing automatically what you described as your alternative. It creates a class to hold the captured variables (test, s1 and s2) and passes a delegate instance to the lambda which is turned into a method on the anonymous class. In other words, if you went ahead with your alternative you would end up with soemthing very similar to what the compiler just generated for you.