asp.net threading

I have a long running process.  My plan is to create a page which will execute the process which creates a file.  The page will kick off a thread the return to the user and not wait for it to finish.  The page will have some javascript that will keep pinging the server with a web method.  When the file is created, the webservice will return the url of the file.

1. How can I kick off the thread so that the file is created without waiting for a  callback?  Is there an easy way to kick it off then leave?

2. Is this a good method?  Should I do something else.
jackjohnson44Asked:
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käµfm³d 👽Connect With a Mentor Commented:
How can I kick off the thread so that the file is created without waiting for a  callback?  Is there an easy way to kick it off then leave?
If you create a Thread object within your page, then call its Start method, execution will continue without blocking, unless you call Join at some point.

2. Is this a good method?  Should I do something else.
I guess that depends on whether or not you have structured this such that a subsequent request to the page won't try to write the file whilst another thread is doing so. Have you guaranteed that two threads won't compete with each other?
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jackjohnson44Author Commented:
Thanks for the response.  I am actually going to pass up a guid and create a file based on that so it should be unique.

a little more info:
I am creating an excel document which could be quite large.  My plan was to load the page which will kick off the process then immediately return to the user and display a "loading" message.  The plan was to keep ping-ing my server using jQuery and search for the file using the name (guid) that I have.  When it finds it, display a link for downloading.  Make sense?
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