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Reacting to File System Events

Using the FileSystemWatcher component and language features in Visual Studio .NET or the Microsoft .NET Framework SDK, you can easily monitor actions occurring within directories and files on your system or on any computer to which you have network access.

In This Section

Introduction to Monitoring File System Events
Provides basic information about file- and directory-watching features in Visual Studio .NET and the Microsoft .NET Framework SDK.
Creating FileSystemWatcher Component Instances
Gives directions for creating instances of FileSystemWatcher components in your projects.
Configuring FileSystemWatcher Component Instances
Gives directions for setting properties to determine the behavior of FileSystemWatcher components.
Creating Handlers for File System Events
Provides recommendations for creating event handlers that will automatically take action when file system events are raised.
Considerations for File Changes on High-Volume Systems
Provides information about controlling the flow of file system events on systems with high activity.
Waiting Until Specified File System Events Occur
Gives directions for using the WaitForChanged method to monitor directories.
Walkthrough: Reacting to File System Events
Provides step-by-step instructions for how to respond to events with the FileSystemWatcher component.
Troubleshooting FileSystemWatcher Components
Explains how to remedy some common problems.

Related Sections

Programming with Components
Presents a high-level overview of component programming and authoring.
FileSystemWatcher Class
Describes the major features of the FileSystemWatcher class.
Visual Basic and Visual C# Projects
Describes the projects types used in this chapter and how to choose between them.
Deploying Applications and Components
Lists the major deployment topics and the information they contain.
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