I've written an API that will be used on the same box in (1) a windows service, (2) a web application, and (3) a windows forms application. They all need to share a very small set of common data (a few ints, a date, and a string that I could put as properties of a single class).
What sort of locking mechanism can I use cross-process so that the three processes can share the resources safely and run into conflicts?
No databases please, looking for a solution that doesn't require additional dependencies. Preferably the solution would use shared memory, or the file system in some way.
For cross-process locking in C#/.Net, you can use a named system Mutex.