I have created a timeclock application in C# that connects to a web service on our server in order to clock employees in/out. The application resides in the system tray and clocks users out if they shut down/suspend their machines or if they are idle for more than three hours to which it clocks them out at the time of last activity.
My issue arises that when a user brings his machine back up from a sleep state (which fires the SystemEvents.PowerModeChanged event), the application attempts to clock the employee back in but the network connection isn't fully initialized at that time and the web-service call times out.
An obvious solution, albeit it a hack, would be to put a delay on the clock in but this wouldn't necessarily fix the problem across the board. What I am looking to do is a sort of "relentless" clock in where it will wait until it can see the server until it actually attempts to clock in.
What is the best method to determine if a connection to a web service can be made?