March 2, 2017

Thread Safe Enum Access Using Interlocked

Here is an example class that makes reading and writing an enum thread safe (when writing or reading the enum value)
/// <summary>
///     A thread safe MyEnum.
/// </summary>
public class ThreadSafeMyEnum
{
 // Volatile is not needed (esp. on x64 or x86) : 
 // http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7177169/how-to-apply-interlocked-exchange-for-enum-types-in-c 
 // http://stackoverflow.com/questions/425132/a-reference-to-a-volatile-field-will-not-be-treated-as-volatile-implications
 private int _enumAsInt;

 public MyEnum Value // added for convenience
 {
  get { return ( MyEnum ) Interlocked.CompareExchange( ref _enumAsInt, 0, 0 ); }
  set { Interlocked.Exchange( ref _enumAsInt, ( int ) value ); }
 }
}

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