Using async with C# web api post method RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi, I am working on a POST() method to be run asynchronously. The below code runs fine in a sequential manner.

    public class DataController : ApiController
        [Route("data/import", Name = "DataImport")]
        public async Task<IHttpActionResult> Post()
                string content = await Request.Content.ReadAsStringAsync();
                string[] lines = content.Split(Environment.NewLine.ToCharArray());
                await ImportData(lines);
                return Ok("Success");
            catch (Exception ex)
                return BadRequest(ex.Message);
        private async Task ImportData(IEnumerable<string> lines)
            string connectionString = ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings["SQLDBCONN"].ConnectionString;
            const string query = "INSERT INTO [dbo].[testImport] ([ID], [Type], [Status], [Description]) VALUES (@ID, @Type, @Status, @Description)";
            using (SqlConnection sqldbConnection = new SqlConnection(connectionString))
                await sqldbConnection.OpenAsync();
                using (SqlTransaction transaction = sqldbConnection.BeginTransaction())
                using (SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand(query, sqldbConnection, transaction))
                    var pID = cmd.Parameters.Add("@ID", SqlDbType.Int);
                    var pType = cmd.Parameters.Add("@Type", SqlDbType.VarChar);
                    var pStatus = cmd.Parameters.Add("@Status", SqlDbType.VarChar);
                    var pDescription = cmd.Parameters.Add("@Description", SqlDbType.VarChar);
                    foreach (string line in lines)
                        string[] parts = line.Split(',');
                        if (parts.Length < 4) throw new InvalidOperationException($"Invalid line: '{line}'");
                        pID.Value = parts[0];
                        pType.Value = parts[1];
                        pStatus.Value = parts[2];
                        pDescription.Value = parts[3];
                        await cmd.ExecuteNonQueryAsync();

    Could you please guide me on how to re-write the POST method and SqlBulkCopy run asynchronously.

    Thank you in advance.


    • Edited by CSharp Enthusiast Friday, August 30, 2019 4:41 PM incomplete
    • Moved by CoolDadTx Wednesday, September 4, 2019 1:49 PM ASP.NET related
    Thursday, August 29, 2019 3:53 AM

All replies

  • Why do you think it's not running asynchronously?  Your Post function should return before the task has completed.

    Tim Roberts | Driver MVP Emeritus | Providenza &amp; Boekelheide, Inc.

    Friday, August 30, 2019 5:24 AM
  • Please post questions related to ASP.NET in the ASP.NET forums. They can explain to you how async works in the HTTP runtime.

    Michael Taylor http://www.michaeltaylorp3.net

    Wednesday, September 4, 2019 1:48 PM