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Microsoft® Visual J#™ .NET (Core Reference) by John/Longshaw, Andy Sharp

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Chapter 15. Implementing Windows Services

A Windows service is a process that executes in the background, frequently implementing an operating system task. Services are a fundamental part of the Microsoft Windows operating system and are often used to provide protected access to sensitive resources. One example is the Event Log service, which writes records to the Windows event logs on behalf of applications. Another example is the World Wide Web Publishing Service, which controls Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) and allows your computer to act as a Web server. If you’ve used other operating systems such as UNIX, you might be familiar with daemon processes, which fulfill a similar role. (Do not confuse daemon processes with Java ...

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