Late Night Portrait

It’s always tricky to get applications that you’ve written and built on your own PC to run on the target environment.  One of the big reasons is that during development any problem that you encounter you overcome, but that doesn’t mean the target solution will have the same environment, the same tools installed or have some kind of resource contention you weren’t planning for.

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Just because Microsoft says that you shouldn’t do something rarely stops developers from trying.

My task was to try to write a Windows Service replacement for a legacy application that saved a Word Document to text and then added headers for shipment to a client’s reporting system.  The legacy system was an old VB6 application that was brittle– not only was there the typical hard coding, but the system must be left in a logged in state because to take it out of that state would mean the system would shut down.

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