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Lifetime of asmx web service/IIS application

Posted By:      Posted Date: August 30, 2010    Points: 0   Category :ASP.Net
Hi I have a web service (asmx). I want to add a functionality where in I have to do polling for data on a URL. I added a timer and in the timer elapsed event handler I am checking for the data. (Is it a good design? Is there something better than timer for this in ASP.NET?) But what I observed is that, after some time, if the web service is ideal (no request are sent to the service), the timer event doesn't fire. Is this something by design or I have some configuration issues here. Is it very standard that if web site is ideal then the objects in that site are destroyed? I have few static objects maintaining the state should I not keep them there? Is there any configuration that allowes the service to stay alive dispite of the request sent to it or not? When web site is ideal, its only the website which goes in ideal state or IIS goes in ideal state? I mean my timer stopped is it because nobody called by web service or its because nobody called the IIS on that machine (any other web service or web application deployed on IIS)?

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