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Background Tasks for SalesLogix - A New Open Source Project from Customer FX

I'd like to introduce a new open source project from Customer FX that allows you to create and run background tasks in the SalesLogix Web platform. Background Tasks for SalesLogix provides a framework for you to use to build custom tasks that will run on an interval and perform some action in the background while the SalesLogix Web platform is running.


What Does Background Tasks for SalesLogix Do?

Background Tasks for SalesLogix has two parts. You get both parts by simply installing a bundle. The first part installs as a service in the SalesLogix Portal and provides the engine for running tasks. You create tasks for this engine by creating a DLL that inherits from a particular base class and then add your DLL to the Bin folder of the Support Files for the portal. You wire up and configure your DLL to be loaded by editing a config file provided by the Background Tasks for SalesLogix bundle. Once a user logs into the SalesLogix portal the service starts and begins executing your task on the interval you defined for it. The second part is a administrative console screen that you view inside the portal. This console allows you to see and monitor any background tasks and pause & start them as needed.


Background Tasks for SalesLogix Demo

The following video will give you the best visual picture of what Background Tasks for SalesLogix does and how to create your own custom background task.

Watch the Background Tasks for SalesLogix Demo on YouTube
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Download Background Tasks for SalesLogix

So, how do you get Background Tasks for SalesLogix? Visit the Background Tasks for SalesLogix home on Github. From there, you can click the Downloads button and download the SalesLogix bundle. That gives you everything you need.

  Visit Background Tasks for SalesLogix on github
Download the current v1.0.1 SalesLogix bundle

Download it and take it for a spin. I'd love any feedback you might have on how to improve it.

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About Ryan Farley

   Ryan Farley is the Director of Development for Customer FX and creator of slxdeveloper.com. He's been blogging regularly about SalesLogix since 2001 and believes in sharing with the community. He loves C#, Javascript, Python, web development, open source, and Linux. He also loves his hobby as an amateur filmmaker.

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December 6, 2010 12:04 PM
 

Gene Arnold said:

Looks really nice. Is this using MS Process Org as the back end? What kind of load do you think it can handle?

December 13, 2010 3:11 PM
 

Ryan Farley said:

Hi Gene! This version does not use Windows Workflow or Process Orchestration. It spawns the tasks on background threads in the same app pool that the SalesLogix portal is running in, so as far as size of the load, you'd want to make sure you don't do anything too extremely heavy without making sure the server can handle it without effecting SLX portal traffic.

December 14, 2010 4:15 PM
 

Rich Eaton said:

Ryan, Any Chance to use this in conjunction with Mike Spragg's Sync Report.. so using the background function to capture logins ..?

April 21, 2011 5:38 PM

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