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aspNETserve 1.3: What’s New

Jason / August 19, 2008

As I mentioned in my last post, aspNETserve 1.3 has just been released. And with it comes some exciting changes. Here is an outline of some of the most notable changes:

HTTP Persistent Connections

aspNETserve’s goal is to target version 1.1 of the HTTP protocol, and prior to version 1.3 of aspNETserve it had an obvious shortcoming in that goal. It did not even attempt to keep “Keep-Alive” (aka, persistent) connections around. The server naively closed the connection after each request.

The new aspNETserve.Server object in version 1.3 has full support for persistent connections, and with it introduces a couple of new properties:


This property represents the maximum number of simultaneous connections allowed. Once the maximum amount has been reached additional requests will be declined.


A period of time (in milliseconds) that aspNETserve will wait for subsequent communications on a previously established connection.

Windows Service Server

A Windows service called aspNETserve.Ice (pun intended) allows aspNETserve to process requests in the background. Additionally, this allows request processing without a user having to first login and launch the SimpleServer UI.

aspNETserve.Ice reads it configuration from an XML file whose schema is define on the wiki page ConfigSchemaOverview.

Here is a simple example of what the XML file looks like:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<server xmlns="http://aspnetserve.googlecode.com/svn/tags/Release%201.3/aspNETserve/Configuration/Xml/aspNETserve.config.xsd">
        <application physicalPath="c:\temp">
                <domain name="www.example.com" virtualPath="/" />
                <endpoint ip="" port="80" />
                <endpoint ip="" port="443" secure="true" />
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