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I have loaded to CodePlex a C# sample Windows Service project. The URL of the solution is

The windows service calls an action function is a separate class project.  This separation of responsibility is necessary to facilitate testing of the action. The downloads page at includes a help file with full instructions for configuring and installing this sample windows service. An NUnit test project is provided.

The action is a simple page scrape controlled by the database in respect of:

  • Use of a custom event log to record exceptions.
  • Recording a “heartbeat” into a date-time parameters.
  • On/Off action from a Boolean parameter file, thus allowed a duly authenticated user to switch the action on and off without requiring administrative access.
Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2014 3:39 PM | Back to top

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