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Cancellable Requests

The Cancellable Requests Feature makes it easy to design long-running Services that are cancellable with an external Web Service Request. To enable this feature, register the CancellableRequestsFeature plugin:

Plugins.Add(new CancellableRequestsFeature());

Designing a Cancellable Service

Then in your Service you can wrap your implementation within a disposable ICancellableRequest block which encapsulates a Cancellation Token that you can watch to determine if the Request has been cancelled, e.g:

public object Any(TestCancelRequest req)
{
    using (var cancellableRequest = base.Request.CreateCancellableRequest())
    {
        //Simulate long-running request
        while (true)
        {
            cancellableRequest.Token.ThrowIfCancellationRequested();
            Thread.Sleep(100);
        }
    }
}

Cancelling a remote Service

To be able to cancel a Server request on the client, the client must first Tag the request which it does by assigning the X-Tag HTTP Header with a user-defined string in a Request Filter before calling a cancellable Service, e.g:

var tag = Guid.NewGuid().ToString();
var client = new JsonServiceClient(baseUri) {
    RequestFilter = req => req.Headers[HttpHeaders.XTag] = tag
};

var responseTask = client.PostAsync(new TestCancelRequest());

Then at anytime whilst the Service is still executing the remote request can be cancelled by calling the CancelRequest Service with the specified Tag, e.g:

var cancelResponse = client.Post(new CancelRequest { Tag = tag });

If it was successfully cancelled it will return a CancelRequestResponse DTO with the elapsed time of how long the Service ran for. Otherwise if the remote Service had completed or never existed it will throw 404 Not Found in a WebServiceException.