Posted on December 21, 2009
.Net Download Library: the first results
Over the last few days, I’ve done some work on .Net download library, the successor to my FileDownloader class. I started working on this project about half a year ago, and had quite some difficulties picking up the thread again after GSoC 2009, since I was in the middle of rewriting the code I was simultaneously translating from MyDownloader, mainly with the handling of the worker threads. The core work has been completed now, meaning that you can use the lib to download files, and track their progress. This is still in experimental stage though, and the pause and resume functionality has not yet been adapted to my new worker implementation.
In any case, the first release, which will be 0.1, is in sight now. This release will cover the basic functionality promised by the library; segmented downloads in the background that you can pause and resume, and can track the progress of (percentage, speed, downloaded bytes, remaining bytes, remaining time, elapsed time). After this, I’m planning to do some big rewrites of things that come from MyDownloader I’m not really happy with. This will mainly be making the whole library more OOP and event based. Only after that I’ll start on the other things I originally scheduled, such as prioritizing downloads and bandwidth limitations. By that time, .Net fw 4.0 will probably be released, and it’s a good possibility I’ll start using post .Net 2.0 technologies then, mainly things found in the Task Parallel Library.