Windows Services

Windows services have long been a hot topic in Visual Basic programming circles. The preceding version of the language, Visual Basic 6, included no native support, forcing developers to resort to third-party tools or API wizardry. In the .NET platform, the mystique finally lifts; creating a Windows service is now as easy as creating any other type of application.

Windows services, of course, are long-running applications that have no visual interface and typically work in the background as soon as your computer is started. Services were first introduced with Windows NT and are mediated by the Windows Service Control Manager (SCM). You can start, stop, and configure services through the Computer Management administrative utility. ...

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