> Should I be calling MessageLoop or ProcessMessages?
Neither, Delphi windows services are message driven just like Windows
Most of my windows services are actually dual GUI/service, with a simple GUI
does not require any interaction when run as a service. This makes testing
easier, since the program can be run under the Delphi debugger and then
a Windows service once it's working.
Originally I wrote a simple service starter application that runs a standard
application as a service (with a command argument) and waits for it to finish
stopping, and sends a message if told to stop. I still sell an application
this technique after 18 years.
The second generation used the SvCom environment from:
which creates a single application that can be run as a service or GUI, just
components on a form, jkust works, but it's commercial.
For new applications I use DD Service Application Framework written by one of
ICS developers, but his web site seems to be down at the moment. I think it's
Code Central but search is useless and brings up thousands of results.
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