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Desaware, Inc. Announces the Release of Its NT Service Toolkit for .NET

Campbell, CA - Jan 2003 -- Desaware announced the release of its latest version of the NT Service Toolkit with support for Visual Studio .NET. Although it is possible for developers to create services in .NET, the NT Service Toolkit .NET by Desaware provides significant advantages over the service framework that is included in .NET.

Desaware developed the .NET edition of the NT Service Toolkit in direct response to developers' requests for the same type of functionality in .NET as Desaware provides in its COM edition of the NT Service Toolkit.

A selection of the new features in this version include:

  • Built in Service simulator makes it possible to test and debug services without actually installing them as a service. This not only speeds development, but is especially critical for testing startup and shutdown scenarios that are difficult to debug.
  • Create full featured control panel applets using Visual Basic .NET, C#, and other .NET languages.
  • Services created with this toolkit are entirely self-installing using the command line. There is no need for a separate "installer" tool.
  • Superior shutdown detection (earlier than provided by the .NET framework).
  • A high degree of compatibility with the COM version of the toolkit makes migration of services to .NET remarkably easy.
  • Integration with Desaware's StateCoder makes it easy to create sophisticated and scalable state machine based services.

Demo software and other technical information are available at

About Desaware, Inc.

Conceived by best selling author Daniel Appleman, Desaware Inc. is one of the original component vendors developing third party products for Microsoft Visual Studio. In addition to the NT Service Toolkit .NET described above, Desaware is the developer of several other award winning entries in the component marketplace including SpyWorks (Professional Edition), NT Service Toolkit COM, StateCoder, VersionStamper, StorageTools, the Event Log Toolkit, and the ActiveX Gallimaufry.

Demo software and other technical information regarding these products can be found on the company website:

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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