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Extending async with await on tasks

The snippet shows how to extend the built-in F# async computation builder with the ability to await standard .NET tasks using the let! keyword.

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open System
open System.Net
open System.Threading.Tasks

/// Implements an extension method that overloads the standard
/// 'Bind' of the 'async' builder. The new overload awaits on 
/// a standard .NET task
type Microsoft.FSharp.Control.AsyncBuilder with
  member x.Bind(t:Task<'T>, f:'T -> Async<'R>) : Async<'R>  = 
    async.Bind(Async.AwaitTask t, f)

/// Now we can use let! keyword directly with .NET Tasks 
/// (without the need to use AwaitTask explicitly)
let download(url : string) =
    async {
        let client = new WebClient()
        let! html = client.DownloadStringTaskAsync(url)
        return html 
    }
namespace System
namespace System.Net
namespace System.Threading
namespace System.Threading.Tasks
namespace Microsoft
namespace Microsoft.FSharp
namespace Microsoft.FSharp.Control
type AsyncBuilder =
  private new : unit -> AsyncBuilder
  member Bind : computation:Async<'T> * binder:('T -> Async<'U>) -> Async<'U>
  member Combine : computation1:Async<unit> * computation2:Async<'T> -> Async<'T>
  member Delay : generator:(unit -> Async<'T>) -> Async<'T>
  member For : sequence:seq<'T> * body:('T -> Async<unit>) -> Async<unit>
  member Return : value:'T -> Async<'T>
  member ReturnFrom : computation:Async<'T> -> Async<'T>
  member TryFinally : computation:Async<'T> * compensation:(unit -> unit) -> Async<'T>
  member TryWith : computation:Async<'T> * catchHandler:(exn -> Async<'T>) -> Async<'T>
  member Using : resource:'T * binder:('T -> Async<'U>) -> Async<'U> (requires 'T :> IDisposable)
  ...

Full name: Microsoft.FSharp.Control.AsyncBuilder
val x : AsyncBuilder
member AsyncBuilder.Bind : t:Task<'T> * f:('T -> Async<'R>) -> Async<'R>

Full name: Script.Bind
val t : Task<'T>
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type Task =
  new : action:Action -> Task + 7 overloads
  member AsyncState : obj
  member ContinueWith : continuationAction:Action<Task> -> Task + 9 overloads
  member CreationOptions : TaskCreationOptions
  member Dispose : unit -> unit
  member Exception : AggregateException
  member Id : int
  member IsCanceled : bool
  member IsCompleted : bool
  member IsFaulted : bool
  ...

Full name: System.Threading.Tasks.Task

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type Task<'TResult> =
  inherit Task
  new : function:Func<'TResult> -> Task<'TResult> + 7 overloads
  member ContinueWith : continuationAction:Action<Task<'TResult>> -> Task + 9 overloads
  member Result : 'TResult with get, set
  static member Factory : TaskFactory<'TResult>

Full name: System.Threading.Tasks.Task<_>

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Task(action: Action) : unit
Task(action: Action, cancellationToken: Threading.CancellationToken) : unit
Task(action: Action, creationOptions: TaskCreationOptions) : unit
Task(action: Action<obj>, state: obj) : unit
Task(action: Action, cancellationToken: Threading.CancellationToken, creationOptions: TaskCreationOptions) : unit
Task(action: Action<obj>, state: obj, cancellationToken: Threading.CancellationToken) : unit
Task(action: Action<obj>, state: obj, creationOptions: TaskCreationOptions) : unit
Task(action: Action<obj>, state: obj, cancellationToken: Threading.CancellationToken, creationOptions: TaskCreationOptions) : unit

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Task(function: Func<'TResult>) : unit
Task(function: Func<'TResult>, cancellationToken: Threading.CancellationToken) : unit
Task(function: Func<'TResult>, creationOptions: TaskCreationOptions) : unit
Task(function: Func<obj,'TResult>, state: obj) : unit
Task(function: Func<'TResult>, cancellationToken: Threading.CancellationToken, creationOptions: TaskCreationOptions) : unit
Task(function: Func<obj,'TResult>, state: obj, cancellationToken: Threading.CancellationToken) : unit
Task(function: Func<obj,'TResult>, state: obj, creationOptions: TaskCreationOptions) : unit
Task(function: Func<obj,'TResult>, state: obj, cancellationToken: Threading.CancellationToken, creationOptions: TaskCreationOptions) : unit
val f : ('T -> Async<'R>)
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type Async
static member AsBeginEnd : computation:('Arg -> Async<'T>) -> ('Arg * AsyncCallback * obj -> IAsyncResult) * (IAsyncResult -> 'T) * (IAsyncResult -> unit)
static member AwaitEvent : event:IEvent<'Del,'T> * ?cancelAction:(unit -> unit) -> Async<'T> (requires delegate and 'Del :> Delegate)
static member AwaitIAsyncResult : iar:IAsyncResult * ?millisecondsTimeout:int -> Async<bool>
static member AwaitTask : task:Task<'T> -> Async<'T>
static member AwaitWaitHandle : waitHandle:WaitHandle * ?millisecondsTimeout:int -> Async<bool>
static member CancelDefaultToken : unit -> unit
static member Catch : computation:Async<'T> -> Async<Choice<'T,exn>>
static member FromBeginEnd : beginAction:(AsyncCallback * obj -> IAsyncResult) * endAction:(IAsyncResult -> 'T) * ?cancelAction:(unit -> unit) -> Async<'T>
static member FromBeginEnd : arg:'Arg1 * beginAction:('Arg1 * AsyncCallback * obj -> IAsyncResult) * endAction:(IAsyncResult -> 'T) * ?cancelAction:(unit -> unit) -> Async<'T>
static member FromBeginEnd : arg1:'Arg1 * arg2:'Arg2 * beginAction:('Arg1 * 'Arg2 * AsyncCallback * obj -> IAsyncResult) * endAction:(IAsyncResult -> 'T) * ?cancelAction:(unit -> unit) -> Async<'T>
static member FromBeginEnd : arg1:'Arg1 * arg2:'Arg2 * arg3:'Arg3 * beginAction:('Arg1 * 'Arg2 * 'Arg3 * AsyncCallback * obj -> IAsyncResult) * endAction:(IAsyncResult -> 'T) * ?cancelAction:(unit -> unit) -> Async<'T>
static member FromContinuations : callback:(('T -> unit) * (exn -> unit) * (OperationCanceledException -> unit) -> unit) -> Async<'T>
static member Ignore : computation:Async<'T> -> Async<unit>
static member OnCancel : interruption:(unit -> unit) -> Async<IDisposable>
static member Parallel : computations:seq<Async<'T>> -> Async<'T []>
static member RunSynchronously : computation:Async<'T> * ?timeout:int * ?cancellationToken:CancellationToken -> 'T
static member Sleep : millisecondsDueTime:int -> Async<unit>
static member Start : computation:Async<unit> * ?cancellationToken:CancellationToken -> unit
static member StartAsTask : computation:Async<'T> * ?taskCreationOptions:TaskCreationOptions * ?cancellationToken:CancellationToken -> Task<'T>
static member StartChild : computation:Async<'T> * ?millisecondsTimeout:int -> Async<Async<'T>>
static member StartChildAsTask : computation:Async<'T> * ?taskCreationOptions:TaskCreationOptions -> Async<Task<'T>>
static member StartImmediate : computation:Async<unit> * ?cancellationToken:CancellationToken -> unit
static member StartWithContinuations : computation:Async<'T> * continuation:('T -> unit) * exceptionContinuation:(exn -> unit) * cancellationContinuation:(OperationCanceledException -> unit) * ?cancellationToken:CancellationToken -> unit
static member SwitchToContext : syncContext:SynchronizationContext -> Async<unit>
static member SwitchToNewThread : unit -> Async<unit>
static member SwitchToThreadPool : unit -> Async<unit>
static member TryCancelled : computation:Async<'T> * compensation:(OperationCanceledException -> unit) -> Async<'T>
static member CancellationToken : Async<CancellationToken>
static member DefaultCancellationToken : CancellationToken

Full name: Microsoft.FSharp.Control.Async

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type Async<'T>

Full name: Microsoft.FSharp.Control.Async<_>
val async : AsyncBuilder

Full name: Microsoft.FSharp.Core.ExtraTopLevelOperators.async
member AsyncBuilder.Bind : t:Task<'T> * f:('T -> Async<'R>) -> Async<'R>
member AsyncBuilder.Bind : computation:Async<'T> * binder:('T -> Async<'U>) -> Async<'U>
static member Async.AwaitTask : task:Task<'T> -> Async<'T>
val download : url:string -> Async<'a>

Full name: Script.download


 Now we can use let! keyword directly with .NET Tasks
 (without the need to use AwaitTask explicitly)
val url : string
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val string : value:'T -> string

Full name: Microsoft.FSharp.Core.Operators.string

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type string = String

Full name: Microsoft.FSharp.Core.string
val client : WebClient
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type WebClient =
  inherit Component
  new : unit -> WebClient
  member BaseAddress : string with get, set
  member CachePolicy : RequestCachePolicy with get, set
  member CancelAsync : unit -> unit
  member Credentials : ICredentials with get, set
  member DownloadData : address:string -> byte[] + 1 overload
  member DownloadDataAsync : address:Uri -> unit + 1 overload
  member DownloadFile : address:string * fileName:string -> unit + 1 overload
  member DownloadFileAsync : address:Uri * fileName:string -> unit + 1 overload
  member DownloadString : address:string -> string + 1 overload
  ...

Full name: System.Net.WebClient

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WebClient() : unit
val html : 'a
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Link:http://fssnip.net/hv
Posted:4 years ago
Author:Tomas Petricek
Tags: async , await , task