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Isolating Application.Run instances

Posted on 2010-09-17
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I have a console program that starts multiple instances of an application program App. It launches each instance of App via Application.Run.

The problem I'm having is that App includes static variables and these are being shared between instances. I need to isolate them so that each instance uses its own set of static variables.

Ideas? I'm using C# 4.0 / VS 2010.
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by:Todd Gerbert
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...each instance uses its own set of static variables.
Static variables, by definition, are shared between every instance of a given class - if you want to avoid this behavior you must use non-static member variables.
Why are you calling Application.Run() more than once? There may be a better alternative...
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by:BlearyEye
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App is a machine controller. It's set up so that it can handle multiple machines. Each instance that's started with Application.Run() is supposed to control a different machine.

The dashboard is intended to control which instance of App the user sees; and it also displays summary status information from each instance.

Application.Run() seemed like a reasonable way to do this, until I ran into this issue with static variables.

Switching away from static variables would be hard. Replacing static variables with vectors indexed by instance number is one option, I suppose; but it's not a very pleasant one since there are a lot of static variables.
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by:Gururaj Badam
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Since the controller is the main thread all the Application.Run are kind of belong to that main thread. The other way to do this is may you should use Process.

The MSDN reference will give you sample code on how you can use Process

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.diagnostics.process.aspx
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by:BlearyEye
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If I go with separate processes, I'll need to implement communication between them. I guess I'll look into whether remoting will give me the isolation I need ...
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So here's what I wound up doing.

- I launch each instance on its own thread.
- I make each instance a WCF server to receive comm from the dashboard client
- I also make the dashboard a WCF server to receive comm from the instances. This was because WCF callback seems to be designed for the case of one server with multiple clients, not multiple servers with one client
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