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(I'm a newbie to .NET and SOAP calls, so please be gentle.)

Please consider this scenario (VB.NET):

1)  I have web-based functionality that I need users to leverage through HTTP protocol.
2)  When the user (via a WinClient app) submits binary data (again, via HTTP) to my web-side app, I will begin a new thread to process that data.  Therefore, control will be returned to the WinClient app very quickly.
3)  I need a way of:
     a.  Notifying the WinClient that processing is complete;
and     b.  Allowing the user (via a call to a Function) to retrieve his/her results of the procedure launched in step (2) above.

My question is, how do I do this?

I'm using a Web Service now where it makes sense, but I realized on Friday that I cannot merely create the client-side WebService "WithEvents" and expect the Web Service to relay notification events back to the WinClient.  In other words, this would not fly:

     '** Client-side VB.NET app
     Private WithEvents MyObj As New SomeWebApp.SomeWebService

     '** Catch those Server-side Web Service events here.
     '** Wouldn't THIS be handy?
     Private Sub MyObj_YourResultsAreReady()
           ...
     End Sub

But you see, I need functionality *LIKE* this.  I need the WinClient to somehow get notification from the Server *without* having to contantly poll a Web Service ("Are you done yet?  How about now?  How about now?") How do I work asyncronously with a server-side procedure, and still receive efficient notification in my WinClient app?

I'm going to make this a 200-point question, because I need more of an answer than just "use remoting" or something like that.  I can't expect a live, fully-documented solution for 200 points, but I do need some real help on how this can be done.  If you know of a website somewhere that contains a solution, then that would be great.

Thanks a lot.
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The application is clientside and the webservice is serverside. You will need remoting to do what you want to do.

So, you will need to instantiate an object on the server and retrieve the events on the client. You can accomplish that through marshalling.

Use System.Remoting.RemotingServices and use the Marshal method (which is static, so you don't need to create an object) on your instantiated object (which should be derived from MarshalByRefObject).

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That way you CAN use WithEvents (as you probably already tried, you won't get any build errors).

CJ
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And this could be done asynchronously?
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Yes (depending on the speed of the connection with the server, but basically it will be asynchronously)
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CJ:

>use the Marshal method (which is static, so you
>don't need to create an object) on your
>instantiated object

Where is this object instantiated?  For instance, is it on the client, or is it on the server?  Wouldn't someone (client or server) then have to UN-marshal it, to complete the reference passing?
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AFAIk not, but am not sure.

Will create a small example later today.

CJ
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I've had to move on from this problem.
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