Sunday, December 26, 2010


Comparing the .NET Timer Classes

Quick comparison table taken from an excellent MSDN article: Comparing the Timer Classes in the .NET Framework Class Library 

System.Windows.Forms System.Timers System.Threading
Timer event runs on what thread? UI thread UI or worker thread Worker thread
Instances are thread safe? No Yes No
Familiar/intuitive object model? Yes Yes No
Requires Windows Forms? Yes No No
Metronome-quality beat? No Yes* Yes*
Timer event supports state object? No No Yes
Initial timer event can be scheduled? No No Yes
Class supports inheritance? Yes Yes No


Powered by Blogger