Synchronizing in a Background Task

Synchronizing in a Background Task

Now that we have implementations for IDataService and ISyncService I can update the backgounrd task for the Windows platform applications to perform synchronization in the background. To begin with I need to reference the Autofac libraries (including the Microsoft common service locator and extensions libraries) by adding the RealEstateInspector.Background in NuGet package manager

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The next thing is to update the Run method of the background task so that it looks for a current access token and uses it to initialise the data service.

public async void Run(IBackgroundTaskInstance taskInstance)
{
    try
    {
        var cost = BackgroundWorkCost.CurrentBackgroundWorkCost;

        var authContext = new AuthenticationContext(Constants.ADAuthority);
        if (authContext.TokenCache.ReadItems().Count() > 0)
        {
            authContext = new AuthenticationContext(authContext.TokenCache.ReadItems().First().Authority);
        }

        var authResult =
            await
                authContext.AcquireTokenSilentAsync(Constants.MobileServiceAppIdUri,
                Constants.ADNativeClientApplicationClientId);
        if (authResult != null && !string.IsNullOrWhiteSpace(authResult.AccessToken))
        {
            var dataService = ServiceLocator.Current.GetInstance<IDataService>();
            var syncService = ServiceLocator.Current.GetInstance<ISyncService>();

            await dataService.Initialize(authResult.AccessToken);

            if (cost == BackgroundWorkCostValue.High)
            {
                await syncService.ForceUpload();
            }
            else
            {
                await syncService.Synchronise(true);
            }
        }
    }
    catch (Exception ex)
    {
        Debug.WriteLine(ex.Message);
    }
    finally
    {
        if (deferral != null)
        {
            deferral.Complete();
        }
    }
}

Depending on the cost of the background task I either want the task to force an upload of pending updates (if high cost), or do a full synchronisation.

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