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eConnect for Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 Article: Creating a Windows Service That Uses eConnect to Integrate Data

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  • Version: 10.0
  • Category: Document
  • Language: English

This article explains how to use eConnect, Microsoft Visual Basic .NET, and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET to develop a Windows service to automate the process of importing data.

  • This information describes how to create a Windows service that uses the .NET FileSystemWatcher class to monitor a directory for file operations, so users can import their data in a timely and accurate fashion. The information walks you through the following steps:
    • Starting a new application in Visual Basic .NET
    • Adding references needed by the new application
    • Adding code to the project
    • Adding and configuring an installer for the service
    • Building, installing, and testing the service

    You should be familiar with the navigation in Visual Studio .NET and be familiar with referencing .NET assemblies in Visual Basic. NET. You also should have experience with developing and deploying .NET applications to end users’ computers.

    If you are using the PDF version of the article, the script is attached to the PDF. If you are using the XPS version, you can download the associated script as a .txt file.


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eConnect_Windows_Service_White_Paper.pdf7126cb4268f202069f99e123ea380d1e793e1260509 KB
eConnect_Windows_Service_White_Paper.xpse137102802b5267ecbc66fc2d5de3a23842a0904676 KB
xmlWatcher.Created.txt04c9fdaf8d212e226f990b6e3f387730c7f41b4d1 KB

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System Requirements

Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition, Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition (32-Bit x86), Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise x64 Edition, Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition (32-bit x86), Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard x64 Edition, Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition (32-bit x86), Windows Server 2003 Standard x64 Edition, Windows Small Business Server 2003, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business 64-bit edition, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit edition, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

    • To view the PDF file, you'll need a PDF reader, such as the free Adobe Reader.
    • To view the XPS file, you'll need Windows Vista or the Microsoft XML Paper Specification Essentials Pack.

Installation Instructions

    1. Click Download to download the document in PDF file or XPS file format.
    2. Save the file to your computer.
    3. You also can download the .txt file to a location on your computer. Refer to this script as mentioned in the article.