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Should I Expose Asynchronous Wrappers for Synchronous Methods?

There are two primary benefits I see to asynchrony: scalability and offloading (e.g. responsiveness, parallelism).  Which of these benefits matters to you is typically dictated by the kind of application you’re writing.  Most client apps care about asynchrony for offloading reasons, such as maintaining responsiveness of the UI thread, though there are certainly cases where scalability matters to a client as well (often in more technical computing / agent-based simulation workloads).  Most server apps care about asynchrony for scalability reasons, though there are cases where offloading matters, such as in achieving parallelism in back-end compute servers.

There might be a 3rd scenario (or at least a sub-category of the responsiveness benefit): adding timeout capabilitites to non-critical remote invocations. What I have in mind is simulating the actor-based approach in environments with no native support for it.

Original title and link: Should I Expose Asynchronous Wrappers for Synchronous Methods? (NoSQL database©myNoSQL)

via: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/pfxteam/archive/2012/03/24/10287244.aspx