A Simple Introduction to .NET Remoting

Host Application

To enable client applications to use our remotable object we need to build a Host application which will listen for object requests. This application will register a channel and register our remotable object with the .NET remoting system to use that channel to listen for requests.

.NET includes two default channels:

  • HttpChannel (using SOAP formatting)
  • TcpChannel (using binary formatting)

NOTE: Because remote configuration is done on a per-application-domain basis, the application domain must be running to listen for requests.

Create a console application project called "RemotingHost". Add a reference to our RemotableType and add the following class.

using System;
using System.Runtime.Remoting;
public class RemotingHost
  public static void Main(){
    Console.WriteLine("Host Running. Listening for Object Requests.");

You can configure .NET remoting through code or via a configuration file. In this example we are using app.config so add a app.config file to you project and add the following entries:

              type="RemotableType, RemotableType"
            <channel ref="http" port="8989"/>

Our Host class loads the config information from the app.config file using the RemotingConfiguration.Configure() method.

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Lee Gunn is a freelance Microsoft Certified Developer based in Glasgow, Scotland. Specialising in quality driven Internet solutions, largely built around Microsoft’s .NET platform.

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