You can create threads in X++ to perform tasks in the background. Here is a vey simple class that demonstrates the basics.
I use the directory d:\t for temporary files. You will have to either create the directory or change the example to point to some other directory. In either case make sure that SYSTEM has read/write permission to the directory.
Create and run a simple job like this:
When you run the job it will return immediately. Monitor the output directory and notice that the output file is created five seconds later.
One interesting quality of server side threads is that they have their own session block and that session block doesn’t have a client. This means that any attempt to instantiate a client side only class will fail. This can create some interesting bugs since almost no code does good error handling for when classes are not new-able.