Async Targeting Pack for Visual Studio 11 now available for .NET 4 and Silverlight 5

Async Targeting Pack for Visual Studio 11 now available for .NET 4 and Silverlight 5

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We’re happy to announce that you can now download an Async Targeting Pack for Visual Studio 11 that lets you target .NET 4 and Silverlight 5.  The included DLLs address the previously discussed issue of the Visual Studio 11 Beta compilers being incompatible with the AsyncCtpLibrary* DLLs from the Async CTP; with this targeting pack, you can use the async/await keywords with Visual Studio 11 Beta to compile for .NET 4 and Silverlight 5.  The DLLs are available via a NuGet package, with installation details available here. Enjoy!

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  • Is this going to a fully supported, released extension?  

    I had more or less planned to skip .NET 4.5.  That is because I have customers that are among the 20% of all windows users (meaning they use Windows XP).  I figured that when XP is no longer supported by Microsoft (in 2014) there will probably be a .NET 5.0 coming out and I would look at that then.

    Can you comment about the current and future support (Go-Live) status of this extension pack?

    If upgrading to Visual Studio 11 means that I can have a Non-CTP version of Async for .net 4.0 and Windows XP then I may want to upgrade.

    (I will have a fair amount of work to get the upgrade through my management any time soon.  I usually have to talk up the new releases, but I have not bothered for this one because of the lack of XP support.)

  • Another vote for enabling 'Generate task-based operations' when adding a service reference for a .NET 4 project.

    This was implemented in the Async CTP for VS2010 via TaskWsdlImportExtension. Can this functionality be added to Async Targettng Pack for VS11?

  • I hope it is ok to post this here. I had the same problem and wanted to use Tasks to wait for WCF operations. I wrote a simple tool which generates wrapper methods around the BeginXXXX/EndXXXX methods and return a Task.

    Perhaps it will help you: wcftaskgen.codeplex.com

  • @Chris85: Thanks for sharing!

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