Web Service - Without Precompile

Posted on 2007-03-30
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I know that aspx pages can be deployed so that they compile at run time.

<%@ WebPage Source="WebPage.aspx.cs" %@>  (or something like that).

I want to do the same thing with a web service.  I want to put the source code in the IIS directory and make a slight change to it - and have that change take affect without re-compiling everything.

Here are the contents of my current asmx page:

<%@ WebService Language="c#" CodeBehind="SecurityAccess.asmx.cs" Class="JournalSentinel.WorkflowGen.WebService.SecurityAccess" %>

how can I change this to compile at runtime instead of being pre-compiled?
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Expert Comment

ID: 18827371
instead of publishing the webservice, just copy the files to whatever location you want the project to be. .net will always compile stuff on the fly...
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Author Comment

ID: 18828424
That works for .Net 2.0 applications, but I'm afraid this web service was initially compiled in .Net 1.1

In a nutshell, I was told to make a trivial change to the web service (changing an xml field name).  The problem I have is that I suspect before this is all done another 2 fied names will change and I don't want to recompile it for these trivial changes.

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Nico earned 250 total points
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Hm, I guess you have to precompile anyway then. As far as I know the 1.1 framework doesn't doe on-the-fly compiling.
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ID: 18828514
aspx 1.1 supports non-compiled web pages.  A web service is just a different type of web page.

I'll keep looking.
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Expert Comment

ID: 18836256
Honestly to allow the source files to be resident on a production server is dangerous.. this means any malicious access can be used to control your code.

better practice is to complile the Web Service methods and deploy (or copy) the DLL to the bin directory on production.   IIS will detect that the assembly has changed and reload it when it is accessed.
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ID: 18836386
Security is not an issue.  This is not an outward facing web service.  If someone has gotten far enough into our environment to affect this web service, we have bigger problems then who authorized my vacation time (which is the purpose of the web service).
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ShazbotOK earned 250 total points
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I still stand on the "compile the code and import the assembly" - as this is the best method to use... (security or no security) and technically no the ASMX pages are not a "webpage" ...  if you open the ASMX into designer mode you will be able to note that it is only a "placeholder" so that the IIS knows to listen for that http request.. all communications are interpreted and sent to the aspnet_wp.exe listner wich calls the appropriate assembly.

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