Working with actors and the TPL Dataflow library

With Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0, we were given the Task Parallel Library (TPL), which allowed us to process a known set of data or operations over multiple threads using constructs such as the Parallel.For loop.

Coinciding with the release of Visual Studio 2012, Microsoft provided the ability to take data that you may have and process it in chunks through a series of steps, where each step can be processed independently of the others. This library is called the TPL Dataflow Library.

An interesting thing to note about this library is that it was originally included as part of .NET Framework in the pre-release versions, but the team moved it to a NuGet distribution model so that changes and updates ...

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