Buffered​Stream Class

Definition

Adds a buffering layer to read and write operations on another stream. This class cannot be inherited.

[System.Runtime.InteropServices.ComVisible(true)]
public sealed class BufferedStream : System.IO.Stream
Inheritance
Attributes

Inherited Members

System.IO.Stream

System.MarshalByRefObject

System.Object

Examples

The following code examples show how to use the BufferedStream class over the NetworkStream class to increase the performance of certain I/O operations. Start the server on a remote computer before starting the client. Specify the remote computer name as a command-line argument when starting the client. Vary the dataArraySize and streamBufferSize constants to view their effect on performance.

The first example shows the code that runs on the client, and the second example shows the code that runs on the server.

Example 1: Code that runs on the client

#using <system.dll>

using namespace System;
using namespace System::IO;
using namespace System::Globalization;
using namespace System::Net;
using namespace System::Net::Sockets;
static const int streamBufferSize = 1000;
public ref class Client
{
private:
   literal int dataArraySize = 100;
   literal int numberOfLoops = 10000;
   Client(){}


public:
   static void ReceiveData( Stream^ netStream, Stream^ bufStream )
   {
      DateTime startTime;
      Double networkTime;
      Double bufferedTime = 0;
      int bytesReceived = 0;
      array<Byte>^receivedData = gcnew array<Byte>(dataArraySize);
      
      // Receive data using the NetworkStream.
      Console::WriteLine( "Receiving data using NetworkStream." );
      startTime = DateTime::Now;
      while ( bytesReceived < numberOfLoops * receivedData->Length )
      {
         bytesReceived += netStream->Read( receivedData, 0, receivedData->Length );
      }

      networkTime = (DateTime::Now - startTime).TotalSeconds;
      Console::WriteLine( "{0} bytes received in {1} seconds.\n", bytesReceived.ToString(), networkTime.ToString(  "F1" ) );
      
      // Receive data using the BufferedStream.
      Console::WriteLine(  "Receiving data using BufferedStream." );
      bytesReceived = 0;
      startTime = DateTime::Now;
      while ( bytesReceived < numberOfLoops * receivedData->Length )
      {
         bytesReceived += bufStream->Read( receivedData, 0, receivedData->Length );
      }

      bufferedTime = (DateTime::Now - startTime).TotalSeconds;
      Console::WriteLine( "{0} bytes received in {1} seconds.\n", bytesReceived.ToString(), bufferedTime.ToString(  "F1" ) );
      
      // Print the ratio of read times.
      Console::WriteLine( "Receiving data using the buffered "
      "network stream was {0} {1} than using the network "
      "stream alone.", (networkTime / bufferedTime).ToString(  "P0" ), bufferedTime < networkTime ? (String^)"faster" : "slower" );
   }

   static void SendData( Stream^ netStream, Stream^ bufStream )
   {
      DateTime startTime;
      Double networkTime;
      Double bufferedTime;
      
      // Create random data to send to the server.
      array<Byte>^dataToSend = gcnew array<Byte>(dataArraySize);
      (gcnew Random)->NextBytes( dataToSend );
      
      // Send the data using the NetworkStream.
      Console::WriteLine( "Sending data using NetworkStream." );
      startTime = DateTime::Now;
      for ( int i = 0; i < numberOfLoops; i++ )
      {
         netStream->Write( dataToSend, 0, dataToSend->Length );

      }
      networkTime = (DateTime::Now - startTime).TotalSeconds;
      Console::WriteLine( "{0} bytes sent in {1} seconds.\n", (numberOfLoops * dataToSend->Length).ToString(), networkTime.ToString(  "F1" ) );
      
      // Send the data using the BufferedStream.
      Console::WriteLine( "Sending data using BufferedStream." );
      startTime = DateTime::Now;
      for ( int i = 0; i < numberOfLoops; i++ )
      {
         bufStream->Write( dataToSend, 0, dataToSend->Length );

      }
      bufStream->Flush();
      bufferedTime = (DateTime::Now - startTime).TotalSeconds;
      Console::WriteLine( "{0} bytes sent in {1} seconds.\n", (numberOfLoops * dataToSend->Length).ToString(), bufferedTime.ToString(  "F1" ) );
      
      // Print the ratio of write times.
      Console::WriteLine( "Sending data using the buffered "
      "network stream was {0} {1} than using the network "
      "stream alone.\n", (networkTime / bufferedTime).ToString(  "P0" ), bufferedTime < networkTime ? (String^)"faster" : "slower" );
   }

};

int main( int argc, char *argv[] )
{
   
   // Check that an argument was specified when the 
   // program was invoked.
   if ( argc == 1 )
   {
      Console::WriteLine( "Error: The name of the host computer"
      " must be specified when the program is invoked." );
      return  -1;
   }

   String^ remoteName = gcnew String( argv[ 1 ] );
   
   // Create the underlying socket and connect to the server.
   Socket^ clientSocket = gcnew Socket( AddressFamily::InterNetwork,SocketType::Stream,ProtocolType::Tcp );
   clientSocket->Connect( gcnew IPEndPoint( Dns::Resolve( remoteName )->AddressList[ 0 ],1800 ) );
   Console::WriteLine(  "Client is connected.\n" );
   
   // Create a NetworkStream that owns clientSocket and 
   // then create a BufferedStream on top of the NetworkStream.
   NetworkStream^ netStream = gcnew NetworkStream( clientSocket,true );
   BufferedStream^ bufStream = gcnew BufferedStream( netStream,streamBufferSize );
   
   try
   {
      
      // Check whether the underlying stream supports seeking.
      Console::WriteLine( "NetworkStream {0} seeking.\n", bufStream->CanSeek ? (String^)"supports" : "does not support" );
      
      // Send and receive data.
      if ( bufStream->CanWrite )
      {
         Client::SendData( netStream, bufStream );
      }
      
      if ( bufStream->CanRead )
      {
         Client::ReceiveData( netStream, bufStream );
      }
      
   }
   finally
   {
      
      // When bufStream is closed, netStream is in turn closed,
      // which in turn shuts down the connection and closes
      // clientSocket.
      Console::WriteLine( "\nShutting down connection." );
      bufStream->Close();
      
   }

}

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Globalization;
using System.Net;
using System.Net.Sockets;

public class Client
{
    const int dataArraySize    =   100;
    const int streamBufferSize =  1000;
    const int numberOfLoops    = 10000;

    static void Main(string[] args)
    {
        // Check that an argument was specified when the
        // program was invoked.
        if(args.Length == 0)
        {
            Console.WriteLine("Error: The name of the host computer" +
                " must be specified when the program is invoked.");
            return;
        }

        string remoteName = args[0];

        // Create the underlying socket and connect to the server.
        Socket clientSocket = new Socket(AddressFamily.InterNetwork,
            SocketType.Stream, ProtocolType.Tcp);

        clientSocket.Connect(new IPEndPoint(
            Dns.Resolve(remoteName).AddressList[0], 1800));

        Console.WriteLine("Client is connected.\n");

        // Create a NetworkStream that owns clientSocket and
        // then create a BufferedStream on top of the NetworkStream.
        // Both streams are disposed when execution exits the
        // using statement.
        using(Stream
            netStream = new NetworkStream(clientSocket, true),
            bufStream =
                  new BufferedStream(netStream, streamBufferSize))
        {
            // Check whether the underlying stream supports seeking.
            Console.WriteLine("NetworkStream {0} seeking.\n",
                bufStream.CanSeek ? "supports" : "does not support");

            // Send and receive data.
            if(bufStream.CanWrite)
            {
                SendData(netStream, bufStream);
            }
            if(bufStream.CanRead)
            {
                ReceiveData(netStream, bufStream);
            }

            // When bufStream is closed, netStream is in turn
            // closed, which in turn shuts down the connection
            // and closes clientSocket.
            Console.WriteLine("\nShutting down the connection.");
            bufStream.Close();
        }
    }

    static void SendData(Stream netStream, Stream bufStream)
    {
        DateTime startTime;
        double networkTime, bufferedTime;

        // Create random data to send to the server.
        byte[] dataToSend = new byte[dataArraySize];
        new Random().NextBytes(dataToSend);

        // Send the data using the NetworkStream.
        Console.WriteLine("Sending data using NetworkStream.");
        startTime = DateTime.Now;
        for(int i = 0; i < numberOfLoops; i++)
        {
            netStream.Write(dataToSend, 0, dataToSend.Length);
        }
        networkTime = (DateTime.Now - startTime).TotalSeconds;
        Console.WriteLine("{0} bytes sent in {1} seconds.\n",
            numberOfLoops * dataToSend.Length,
            networkTime.ToString("F1"));

        // Send the data using the BufferedStream.
        Console.WriteLine("Sending data using BufferedStream.");
        startTime = DateTime.Now;
        for(int i = 0; i < numberOfLoops; i++)
        {
            bufStream.Write(dataToSend, 0, dataToSend.Length);
        }
        bufStream.Flush();
        bufferedTime = (DateTime.Now - startTime).TotalSeconds;
        Console.WriteLine("{0} bytes sent in {1} seconds.\n",
            numberOfLoops * dataToSend.Length,
            bufferedTime.ToString("F1"));

        // Print the ratio of write times.
        Console.WriteLine("Sending data using the buffered " +
            "network stream was {0} {1} than using the network " +
            "stream alone.\n",
            (networkTime/bufferedTime).ToString("P0"),
            bufferedTime < networkTime ? "faster" : "slower");
    }

    static void ReceiveData(Stream netStream, Stream bufStream)
    {
        DateTime startTime;
        double networkTime, bufferedTime = 0;
        int bytesReceived = 0;
        byte[] receivedData = new byte[dataArraySize];

        // Receive data using the NetworkStream.
        Console.WriteLine("Receiving data using NetworkStream.");
        startTime = DateTime.Now;
        while(bytesReceived < numberOfLoops * receivedData.Length)
        {
            bytesReceived += netStream.Read(
                receivedData, 0, receivedData.Length);
        }
        networkTime = (DateTime.Now - startTime).TotalSeconds;
        Console.WriteLine("{0} bytes received in {1} seconds.\n",
            bytesReceived.ToString(),
            networkTime.ToString("F1"));

        // Receive data using the BufferedStream.
        Console.WriteLine("Receiving data using BufferedStream.");
        bytesReceived = 0;
        startTime = DateTime.Now;

        int numBytesToRead = receivedData.Length;

        while (numBytesToRead > 0)
        {
            // Read may return anything from 0 to numBytesToRead.
            int n = bufStream.Read(receivedData,0, receivedData.Length);
            // The end of the file is reached.
            if (n == 0)
                break;
            bytesReceived += n;
            numBytesToRead -= n;
        }

        bufferedTime = (DateTime.Now - startTime).TotalSeconds;
        Console.WriteLine("{0} bytes received in {1} seconds.\n",
            bytesReceived.ToString(),
            bufferedTime.ToString("F1"));

        // Print the ratio of read times.
        Console.WriteLine("Receiving data using the buffered network" +
            " stream was {0} {1} than using the network stream alone.",
            (networkTime/bufferedTime).ToString("P0"),
            bufferedTime < networkTime ? "faster" : "slower");
    }
}
' Compile using /r:System.dll.
Imports Microsoft.VisualBasic
Imports System
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Globalization
Imports System.Net
Imports System.Net.Sockets

Public Class Client 

    Const dataArraySize As Integer    =   100
    Const streamBufferSize As Integer =  1000
    Const numberOfLoops As Integer    = 10000

    Shared Sub Main(args As String()) 
    
        ' Check that an argument was specified when the 
        ' program was invoked.
        If args.Length = 0 Then
            Console.WriteLine("Error: The name of the host " & _
                "computer must be specified when the program " & _ 
                "is invoked.")
            Return
        End If

        Dim remoteName As String = args(0)

        ' Create the underlying socket and connect to the server.
        Dim clientSocket As New Socket(AddressFamily.InterNetwork, _
            SocketType.Stream, ProtocolType.Tcp)

        clientSocket.Connect(New IPEndPoint( _
            Dns.Resolve(remoteName).AddressList(0), 1800))

        Console.WriteLine("Client is connected." & vbCrLf)

        ' Create a NetworkStream that owns clientSocket and then 
        ' create a BufferedStream on top of the NetworkStream.
        Dim netStream As New NetworkStream(clientSocket, True)
        Dim bufStream As New _
            BufferedStream(netStream, streamBufferSize)
        
        Try
            ' Check whether the underlying stream supports seeking.
            If bufStream.CanSeek Then
                Console.WriteLine("NetworkStream supports" & _
                    "seeking." & vbCrLf)
            Else
                Console.WriteLine("NetworkStream does not " & _
                    "support seeking." & vbCrLf)
            End If

            ' Send and receive data.
            If bufStream.CanWrite Then
                SendData(netStream, bufStream)
            End If            
            If bufStream.CanRead Then
                ReceiveData(netStream, bufStream)
            End If
        Finally

            ' When bufStream is closed, netStream is in turn 
            ' closed, which in turn shuts down the connection 
            ' and closes clientSocket.
            Console.WriteLine(vbCrLf & "Shutting down the connection.")
            bufStream.Close()
        End Try
    End Sub

    Shared Sub SendData(netStream As Stream, bufStream As Stream)
    
        Dim startTime As DateTime 
        Dim networkTime As Double, bufferedTime As Double 

        ' Create random data to send to the server.
        Dim dataToSend(dataArraySize - 1) As Byte
        Dim randomGenerator As New Random()
        randomGenerator.NextBytes(dataToSend)

        ' Send the data using the NetworkStream.
        Console.WriteLine("Sending data using NetworkStream.")
        startTime = DateTime.Now
        For i As Integer = 1 To numberOfLoops
            netStream.Write(dataToSend, 0, dataToSend.Length)
        Next i
        networkTime = DateTime.Now.Subtract(startTime).TotalSeconds
        Console.WriteLine("{0} bytes sent in {1} seconds." & vbCrLf, _
            numberOfLoops * dataToSend.Length, _
            networkTime.ToString("F1"))

        ' Send the data using the BufferedStream.
        Console.WriteLine("Sending data using BufferedStream.")
        startTime = DateTime.Now
        For i As Integer = 1 To numberOfLoops
            bufStream.Write(dataToSend, 0, dataToSend.Length)
        Next i
        
        bufStream.Flush()
        bufferedTime = DateTime.Now.Subtract(startTime).TotalSeconds
        Console.WriteLine("{0} bytes sent In {1} seconds." & vbCrLf, _
            numberOfLoops * dataToSend.Length, _
            bufferedTime.ToString("F1"))

        ' Print the ratio of write times.
        Console.Write("Sending data using the buffered " & _
            "network stream was {0}", _
            (networkTime/bufferedTime).ToString("P0"))
        If bufferedTime < networkTime Then
            Console.Write(" faster")
        Else
            Console.Write(" slower")
        End If
        Console.WriteLine(" than using the network stream alone.")
    End Sub

    Shared Sub ReceiveData(netStream As Stream, bufStream As Stream)
    
        Dim startTime As DateTime 
        Dim networkTime As Double, bufferedTime As Double = 0

        Dim bytesReceived As Integer = 0
        Dim receivedData(dataArraySize - 1) As Byte

        ' Receive data using the NetworkStream.
        Console.WriteLine("Receiving data using NetworkStream.")
        startTime = DateTime.Now
        While bytesReceived < numberOfLoops * receivedData.Length
            bytesReceived += netStream.Read( _
                receivedData, 0, receivedData.Length)
        End While
        networkTime = DateTime.Now.Subtract(startTime).TotalSeconds
        Console.WriteLine("{0} bytes received in {1} " & _
            "seconds." & vbCrLf, _
            bytesReceived.ToString(), _
            networkTime.ToString("F1"))

        ' Receive data using the BufferedStream.
        Console.WriteLine("Receiving data using BufferedStream.")
        bytesReceived = 0
        startTime = DateTime.Now

        Dim numBytesToRead As Integer = receivedData.Length
        Dim n As Integer
        Do While numBytesToRead > 0

            'Read my return anything from 0 to numBytesToRead
            n = bufStream.Read(receivedData, 0, receivedData.Length)
            'The end of the file is reached.
            If n = 0 Then
                Exit Do
            End If

            bytesReceived += n
            numBytesToRead -= n
        Loop

        bufferedTime = DateTime.Now.Subtract(startTime).TotalSeconds
        Console.WriteLine("{0} bytes received in {1} " & _
            "seconds." & vbCrLf, _
            bytesReceived.ToString(), _
            bufferedTime.ToString("F1"))

        ' Print the ratio of read times.
        Console.Write("Receiving data using the buffered " & _
            "network stream was {0}", _
            (networkTime/bufferedTime).ToString("P0"))
        If bufferedTime < networkTime Then
            Console.Write(" faster")
        Else
            Console.Write(" slower")
        End If
        Console.WriteLine(" than using the network stream alone.")
    End Sub
End Class

Example 2: Code that runs on the server

#using <system.dll>

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Net;
using namespace System::Net::Sockets;
int main()
{
   
   // This is a Windows Sockets 2 error code.
   const int WSAETIMEDOUT = 10060;
   Socket^ serverSocket;
   int bytesReceived;
   int totalReceived = 0;
   array<Byte>^receivedData = gcnew array<Byte>(2000000);
   
   // Create random data to send to the client.
   array<Byte>^dataToSend = gcnew array<Byte>(2000000);
   (gcnew Random)->NextBytes( dataToSend );
   IPAddress^ ipAddress = Dns::Resolve( Dns::GetHostName() )->AddressList[ 0 ];
   IPEndPoint^ ipEndpoint = gcnew IPEndPoint( ipAddress,1800 );
   
   // Create a socket and listen for incoming connections.
   Socket^ listenSocket = gcnew Socket( AddressFamily::InterNetwork,SocketType::Stream,ProtocolType::Tcp );
   try
   {
      listenSocket->Bind( ipEndpoint );
      listenSocket->Listen( 1 );
      
      // Accept a connection and create a socket to handle it.
      serverSocket = listenSocket->Accept();
      Console::WriteLine( "Server is connected.\n" );
   }
   finally
   {
      listenSocket->Close();
   }

   try
   {
      
      // Send data to the client.
      Console::Write( "Sending data ... " );
      int bytesSent = serverSocket->Send( dataToSend, 0, dataToSend->Length, SocketFlags::None );
      Console::WriteLine( "{0} bytes sent.\n", bytesSent.ToString() );
      
      // Set the timeout for receiving data to 2 seconds.
      serverSocket->SetSocketOption( SocketOptionLevel::Socket, SocketOptionName::ReceiveTimeout, 2000 );
      
      // Receive data from the client.
      Console::Write( "Receiving data ... " );
      try
      {
         do
         {
            bytesReceived = serverSocket->Receive( receivedData, 0, receivedData->Length, SocketFlags::None );
            totalReceived += bytesReceived;
         }
         while ( bytesReceived != 0 );
      }
      catch ( SocketException^ e ) 
      {
         if ( e->ErrorCode == WSAETIMEDOUT )
         {
            
            // Data was not received within the given time.
            // Assume that the transmission has ended.
         }
         else
         {
            Console::WriteLine( "{0}: {1}\n", e->GetType()->Name, e->Message );
         }
      }
      finally
      {
         Console::WriteLine( "{0} bytes received.\n", totalReceived.ToString() );
      }

   }
   finally
   {
      serverSocket->Shutdown( SocketShutdown::Both );
      Console::WriteLine( "Connection shut down." );
      serverSocket->Close();
   }

}

using System;
using System.Net;
using System.Net.Sockets;

public class Server 
{
    static void Main() 
    {
        // This is a Windows Sockets 2 error code.
        const int WSAETIMEDOUT = 10060;

        Socket serverSocket;
        int bytesReceived, totalReceived = 0;
        byte[] receivedData = new byte[2000000];

        // Create random data to send to the client.
        byte[] dataToSend = new byte[2000000];
        new Random().NextBytes(dataToSend);

        IPAddress ipAddress =
            Dns.Resolve(Dns.GetHostName()).AddressList[0];

        IPEndPoint ipEndpoint = new IPEndPoint(ipAddress, 1800);

        // Create a socket and listen for incoming connections.
        using(Socket listenSocket = new Socket(
            AddressFamily.InterNetwork, SocketType.Stream, 
            ProtocolType.Tcp))
        {
            listenSocket.Bind(ipEndpoint);
            listenSocket.Listen(1);

            // Accept a connection and create a socket to handle it.
            serverSocket = listenSocket.Accept();
            Console.WriteLine("Server is connected.\n");
        }

        try
        {
            // Send data to the client.
            Console.Write("Sending data ... ");
            int bytesSent = serverSocket.Send(
                dataToSend, 0, dataToSend.Length, SocketFlags.None);
            Console.WriteLine("{0} bytes sent.\n", 
                bytesSent.ToString());

            // Set the timeout for receiving data to 2 seconds.
            serverSocket.SetSocketOption(SocketOptionLevel.Socket,
                SocketOptionName.ReceiveTimeout, 2000);

            // Receive data from the client.
            Console.Write("Receiving data ... ");
            try
            {
                do
                {
                    bytesReceived = serverSocket.Receive(receivedData,
                        0, receivedData.Length, SocketFlags.None);
                    totalReceived += bytesReceived;
                }
                while(bytesReceived != 0);
            }
            catch(SocketException e)
            {
                if(e.ErrorCode == WSAETIMEDOUT)
                {
                    // Data was not received within the given time.
                    // Assume that the transmission has ended.
                }
                else
                {
                    Console.WriteLine("{0}: {1}\n", 
                        e.GetType().Name, e.Message);
                }
            }
            finally
            {
                Console.WriteLine("{0} bytes received.\n",
                    totalReceived.ToString());
            }
        }
        finally
        {
            serverSocket.Shutdown(SocketShutdown.Both);
            Console.WriteLine("Connection shut down.");
            serverSocket.Close();
        }
    }
}
' Compile using /r:System.dll.
Imports Microsoft.VisualBasic
Imports System
Imports System.Net
Imports System.Net.Sockets

Public Class Server 

    Shared Sub Main() 
    
        ' This is a Windows Sockets 2 error code.
        Const WSAETIMEDOUT As Integer = 10060

        Dim serverSocket As Socket 
        Dim bytesReceived As Integer
        Dim totalReceived As Integer = 0
        Dim receivedData(2000000-1) As Byte

        ' Create random data to send to the client.
        Dim dataToSend(2000000-1) As Byte
        Dim randomGenerator As New Random()
        randomGenerator.NextBytes(dataToSend)

        Dim ipAddress As IPAddress = _
            Dns.Resolve(Dns.GetHostName()).AddressList(0)

        Dim ipEndpoint As New IPEndPoint(ipAddress, 1800)

        ' Create a socket and listen for incoming connections.
        Dim listenSocket As New Socket(AddressFamily.InterNetwork, _
            SocketType.Stream, ProtocolType.Tcp)
        
        Try
            listenSocket.Bind(ipEndpoint)
            listenSocket.Listen(1)

            ' Accept a connection and create a socket to handle it.
            serverSocket = listenSocket.Accept()
            Console.WriteLine("Server is connected." & vbCrLf)
        Finally
            listenSocket.Close()
        End Try

        Try
            ' Send data to the client.
            Console.Write("Sending data ... ")
            Dim bytesSent As Integer = serverSocket.Send( _
                dataToSend, 0, dataToSend.Length, SocketFlags.None)
            Console.WriteLine("{0} bytes sent." & vbCrLf, _
                bytesSent.ToString())

            ' Set the timeout for receiving data to 2 seconds.
            serverSocket.SetSocketOption(SocketOptionLevel.Socket, _
                SocketOptionName.ReceiveTimeout, 2000)

            ' Receive data from the client.
            Console.Write("Receiving data ... ")
            Try
                Do
                    bytesReceived = serverSocket.Receive( _
                        receivedData, 0, receivedData.Length, _
                        SocketFlags.None)
                    totalReceived += bytesReceived
                Loop While bytesReceived <> 0
            Catch e As SocketException
                If(e.ErrorCode = WSAETIMEDOUT)
                
                    ' Data was not received within the given time.
                    ' Assume that the transmission has ended.
                Else
                    Console.WriteLine("{0}: {1}" & vbCrLf, _
                        e.GetType().Name, e.Message)
                End If
            Finally
                Console.WriteLine("{0} bytes received." & vbCrLf, _
                    totalReceived.ToString())
            End Try
        Finally
            serverSocket.Shutdown(SocketShutdown.Both)
            Console.WriteLine("Connection shut down.")
            serverSocket.Close()
        End Try
    
    End Sub
End Class

Remarks

A buffer is a block of bytes in memory used to cache data, thereby reducing the number of calls to the operating system. Buffers improve read and write performance. A buffer can be used for either reading or writing, but never both simultaneously. The Read and Write methods of BufferedStream automatically maintain the buffer.

Important

This type implements the IDisposable interface. When you have finished using the type, you should dispose of it either directly or indirectly. To dispose of the type directly, call its Dispose method in a try/catch block. To dispose of it indirectly, use a language construct such as using (in C#) or Using (in Visual Basic). For more information, see the "Using an Object that Implements IDisposable" section in the IDisposable interface topic.

BufferedStream can be composed around certain types of streams. It provides implementations for reading and writing bytes to an underlying data source or repository. Use BinaryReader and BinaryWriter for reading and writing other data types. BufferedStream is designed to prevent the buffer from slowing down input and output when the buffer is not needed. If you always read and write for sizes greater than the internal buffer size, then BufferedStream might not even allocate the internal buffer. BufferedStream also buffers reads and writes in a shared buffer. It is assumed that you will almost always be doing a series of reads or writes, but rarely alternate between the two of them.

Constructors

Buffered​Stream(​Stream)

Initializes a new instance of the BufferedStream class with a default buffer size of 4096 bytes.

Buffered​Stream(​Stream, ​Int32)

Initializes a new instance of the BufferedStream class with the specified buffer size.

Properties

Buffer​Size
Can​Read

Gets a value indicating whether the current stream supports reading.

Can​Seek

Gets a value indicating whether the current stream supports seeking.

Can​Write

Gets a value indicating whether the current stream supports writing.

Length

Gets the stream length in bytes.

Position

Gets the position within the current stream.

Underlying​Stream

Methods

Begin​Read(​Byte[], ​Int32, ​Int32, ​Async​Callback, ​Object)

Begins an asynchronous read operation. (Consider using ReadAsync(Byte[], Int32, Int32, CancellationToken) instead.)

Begin​Write(​Byte[], ​Int32, ​Int32, ​Async​Callback, ​Object)

Begins an asynchronous write operation. (Consider using WriteAsync(Byte[], Int32, Int32, CancellationToken) instead.)

End​Read(​IAsync​Result)

Waits for the pending asynchronous read operation to complete. (Consider using ReadAsync(Byte[], Int32, Int32, CancellationToken) instead.)

End​Write(​IAsync​Result)

Ends an asynchronous write operation and blocks until the I/O operation is complete. (Consider using WriteAsync(Byte[], Int32, Int32, CancellationToken) instead.)

Flush()

Clears all buffers for this stream and causes any buffered data to be written to the underlying device.

Flush​Async(​Cancellation​Token)

Asynchronously clears all buffers for this stream, causes any buffered data to be written to the underlying device, and monitors cancellation requests.

Read(​Byte[], ​Int32, ​Int32)

Copies bytes from the current buffered stream to an array.

Read​Async(​Byte[], ​Int32, ​Int32, ​Cancellation​Token)

Asynchronously reads a sequence of bytes from the current stream, advances the position within the stream by the number of bytes read, and monitors cancellation requests.

Read​Byte()

Reads a byte from the underlying stream and returns the byte cast to an int, or returns -1 if reading from the end of the stream.

Seek(​Int64, ​Seek​Origin)

Sets the position within the current buffered stream.

Set​Length(​Int64)

Sets the length of the buffered stream.

Write(​Byte[], ​Int32, ​Int32)

Copies bytes to the buffered stream and advances the current position within the buffered stream by the number of bytes written.

Write​Async(​Byte[], ​Int32, ​Int32, ​Cancellation​Token)

Asynchronously writes a sequence of bytes to the current stream, advances the current position within this stream by the number of bytes written, and monitors cancellation requests.

Write​Byte(​Byte)

Writes a byte to the current position in the buffered stream.