Background tasks in asp.net

Recently a site I was working on, http://www.walshgroup.com needed to periodically pull down data from an external data source.  I could have put this logic at the start of some request operation but then there would be some user waiting longer for his response than needed.

I ended up using this technique to refresh the dataset at regular intervals without messing with the users experience.  For simple stuff, it beats writing a separate job to do this.

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