Windows Service testing

This is a handy way to test your windows service; something I have been doing for awhile. I was looking at it recently, and thought it might be handy for someone else:

public static class Program
/// The main entry point for the application. /// 

public static void Main()
#if (!DEBUG)
  ServiceBase[] ServicesToRun;
  ServicesToRun = new ServiceBase[] { new MyWinService() };
  //Debug code: this allows the process to run 
  // as a non-service. It will kick off the
  // service start point, and then run the 
  // sleep loop below.
  MyWinService service = new MyWinService();
  // Break execution and set done to true to run Stop()
  bool done = false;
  while (!done)

By using this approach, you can compile a release version of the service that runs like a service, and while debugging, you can run the loop in the debug section that allows you to break and set done and fully test your startup and shutdown code.



Posted on March 9, 2012, in .Net, C#, programming. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. um…for those of us who are not the programmer that you are…is that C#? or some other language? I’m sure it needs to be compiled, but by which compiler?

    • Yes, C#, however, the idea could be used in any .Net language… If you need it for something in particular, I can repost in the VB…

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