Services Programmed in Visual Basic

  • 16 years ago

    I'm looking in to writing an Application as a service using the Service OCX (want to use a one off ADO Connection and a few shell commands within the Service)


    For an example check out: -
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnolectrl/html/msdn_ntsrvocx.asp


    But whilst researching stumbled across this which infers that Services programmed from VB are not the most reliable implementation: -
    http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q175/9/48.ASP


    There are other products around that claim to offer similar promise to the OCX but don't mention how they compare eg ActivePlus's ServiceMILL: -
    http://www.activeplus.com


    Overall I've written something that does what I want it to do (!?!?!) but is this going to be robust?, does anyone know if I can "go on holiday for a month" and come back and the thing still be running?


    Cheers Guys


    Tim

  • 16 years ago

    To be honest, I wouldn't trust VB... I've heard reports of too many problems!


    I would recommend writing the service in C++/VC++ or .NET.... However, if you have already written all of the code in VB, you might just want to put up with it... and see how reliable it actually is. Another possibility (and I don't know if this would work), would be to create a service in C++ or whatever, and then call a VB DLL... which has most of your existing code in it....

  • 16 years ago

    Thanks James
    That was the kind of answer I should have expected - I don't trust it either but from the purposes of RAD the service control is fantastic, but comes across as being too easy


    Tim

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