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Should I create a web service?

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I have a client program which collects information about the computer it is running on (It is going to be used on our servers).

The program collects information such as number of files in directories, and CPU usage.

I'd like a central program to display this, and this will be running on a different machine.

How would I send the information collected to the main program?.  Would I need to go down the Web Service route?

Please help
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Question by:mhouldridge
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Why not directly update a database?
Especially when you are talking about LAN infrastructure.  
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when your application is already installed and running on the machines from where you want to access the information and save it to the database
I will not recommend you to write a web service as it will have an extra overhead of development and testing whereas you can simply achieve the functionality by just calling the database save from the business objects of the running application and this can be developed without much effort.
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we answered to the users question whether the web service is required or not
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I agree with ragi0017 - both our comments suggest NOT to use web services and I guess that was the question
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