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3376  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Shell extension to open the folder of a running application on: April 29, 2010, 07:36:13 PM
Download HomeFolder from my page:

http://www.favessoft.com/hotkeys.html

edit: btw it's only been tested on SDI type applications.  Programs that run in a main window.  I don't much use MDI type apps.  May work but I don't guarantee it.
3377  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: C# Books (Recomendations) on: April 29, 2010, 07:29:28 PM
No matter what C++ programming books you get with concrete examples, you should have the bible on the shelf.  Not only to nail down how a particular feature of the language is supposed to work, but it gets into a bit of why it was done that way:

http://www2.research.att.com/~bs/3rd.html

3378  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PromptHere v. 1.5.3.3 on: April 29, 2010, 03:11:16 PM
PromptHere v. 1.5.3.3

Included .ahk source and program icon in download.
Compiled without UPX compression to avoid av
"false positives."

Uploaded just now to hotkey page.
It should update on Softpedia in a day or 2.

edit: forgot to zip the icon file with the rest of the stuff.
New zip uploaded.
3379  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PromptHere v. 1.52 on: April 29, 2010, 02:43:46 PM
btw thanks for the plug. smiley

I'm going to look into that _L ahk build if for no other reason than he adds a
#if general purpose directive or modifier of some sort and I need to find out
more about what's involved with unicode at some point.

3380  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PromptHere v. 1.52 on: April 29, 2010, 02:38:31 PM
Let's see what others think!

Follow me!

 Thmbsup

One question: I think this doesn't fully support Unicode. Is this right?

I have not adapted any of my software to accommodate unicode.. other than some C++ shell extensions that nobody uses anymore as they are 32 bit DLLs I wrote around 2001 or so. smiley

Others here are more versed in ahk but my understanding is there's a user-written build of ahk with native unicode support as well as some other enhancements.

http://www.autohotkey.com...rum/viewtopic.php?t=34070

I haven't looked at it yet to see if it's a magic bullet.  But it does seem to have some interesting enhancements.

(edit: looks like this is only available as source code.
I'll have to explorer other avenues afa unicode and ahk.  At this point I don't want to install VC++ 2008 express just to compile it.)


What I can do for the time being is include the source code in the download.  The program is very small.  The changes to accommodate unicode would be centered in the Clipboard and Send functions.  You may also add your own custom functions if you like.

I've uploaded a new zip with source included. You can download anytime. smiley
3381  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ReOpen 3.7.2.2 on: April 29, 2010, 01:02:52 AM
Sometimes with software the most fun can be had bludgeoning it into submission!
I find much the same thing with clients  smiley

As a friend of mine used to say, "and we get paid for doin' it too!" smiley

3382  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ReOpen 3.7.2.2 on: April 28, 2010, 06:12:55 PM
...This note is also in the readme.. but I don't read the docs all the time when I  use software either.  Not if it's working the way I want!! Why jeopardize good results by injecting proper information?  smiley

Exactly, why ruin a good thing? cheesy

Anyway, nice work on your apps--keep on keeping on. smiley

Heh heh.  Sometimes with software the most fun can be had bludgeoning it into submission! smiley
3383  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ReOpen 3.7.2.2 on: April 28, 2010, 02:07:53 PM
ReOpen 3.7.2.2

Found that the ProgramList.txt data file erasure was related to double chaining of ReOpen's cleanup routine.  iow it got invoked twice on program close causing an array emptied during clean-up to be written to the file.  Since it could have been normal for the user to delete all entries in the list I didn't block writing the file if the list was empty.  Now there has to be at least one entry in the list or it won't be saved to file... just to guard against having to redo the list.  The bug should be dead but it's probably not very likely to delete all items in the list.  So that safety precaution is probably a good idea.

If you really are determined to delete all entries, just delete ProgramList.txt that's in the same folder as ReOpen.exe.  It will be regenerated on next program run.

This note is also in the readme.. but I don't read the docs all the time when I  use software either.  Not if it's working the way I want!! Why jeopardize good results by injecting proper information?  smiley
3384  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PromptHere v. 1.52 on: April 27, 2010, 04:37:49 PM
This looks good!
Thank you!

You're welcome.  Glad you like the program.





3385  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PromptHere v. 1.52 on: April 27, 2010, 01:24:04 PM
PromptHere v. 1.53

Added PasteFilename option to .ini file auto save.
3386  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PromptHere v. 1.52 on: April 27, 2010, 12:59:14 PM
PromptHere v. 1.52

Now when pasting the filename if the filename itself has one or more spaces,
it is wrapped in double quotes.

This version is available for download currently.
3387  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PromptHere v. 1.5 on: April 27, 2010, 11:50:03 AM
PromptHere v. 1.51

Now looks for PasteFilename option in .ini file.
If set to non 0, such as PasteFilename=1, then after
opening the prompt due to clicking a filename, the filename
is pasted into the command line.  As I have it now it's not
quoted if there's a space in the filename.  (Hopefully not too
many people create .exe files with spaces in the name.)

3388  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PromptHere v. 1.5 on: April 27, 2010, 11:25:24 AM
PromptHere v. 1.5

Fixed bug where clicking a file in the root of a drive opened a prompt in the PromptHere working directory instead of the drive root folder.
3389  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PromptHere v. 1.4 on: April 27, 2010, 11:24:10 AM
I see what you're driving at.  I'll mess around with it. In the meantime please download the latest version (1.5) as I fixed a bug where clicking a file in the root directory instead opened a prompt in the PromptHere working directory.  Splitting the file path returns blank for Directory if in the root.  I added a test for that and use the drive instead in that case.
3390  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Selector 2.0 on: April 27, 2010, 01:07:55 AM
Selector v. 2.0.0.1

Die bug die!!!!  smiley

Ahm, hopefully this thing is back to normal and works as stated
in the previous post.
3391  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Discussion: How can we Improve DonationCoder? on: April 26, 2010, 09:59:15 PM
Also let's face it, when a friend asks "what is donationcoder?" one already has to reserve time for a 30 minute sit-down and powerpoint slide show to explain it. Changing the domain name would at best cut the presentation down by only 1 minute, so it hardly seems worth the effort.

Hmmmmm, do I get a whiff of a video demo in the offing?  smiley
3392  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PromptHere v. 1.4 on: April 26, 2010, 08:10:54 PM
Hmm...I was hoping to get this


btw the above is easy to do. I'm just curious why you'd like that output.
I think most users would expect the current behavior, but I can easily add
your variation as an option via the .ini file. Maybe have an option
PasteFilename=1 to enable.


3393  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PromptHere v. 1.4 on: April 26, 2010, 07:59:58 PM
PromptHere v. 1.4

I implemented simple user selectable hotkey via .ini file.

If the program detects an invalid hotkey in the .ini file setting
on start up it will show an error dialog and quit.  To revert
to default hotkey, delete the .ini file and run PromptHere.

I also changed the About box so that the current hotkey
is shown.

See AutoHotkey reference for detailed info on hotkey
format.  The Readme has been updated with info on simple
modifier keys to change from Alt to Control or Shift or
combinations thereof. Also usage notes and history have been
updated.


3394  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PromptHere v. 1.3 on: April 26, 2010, 06:28:34 PM
I don't quite get the purpose of pasting into the command prompt.  If you double click the file is it not opened in the current folder?  I'm missing what the functionality is.

On the selectable hotkey I'll have to look into the easiest way to do it.  Maybe a little popup chooser that writes an .ini file or something.
3395  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Discussion: How can we Improve DonationCoder? on: April 26, 2010, 06:02:17 PM
there was a big thread about it months/years ago I never even noticed.

DC has over 20,000 topics and over 200,000 each of total posts and members.  I don't think anybody can keep up with all of it in detail any more, and it can scarcely help being a broad church.  I fairly often click on Show latest topics to see what's new, besides skimming the newsletter.  And I hope nobody stridently wants things that would need to be implemented by hard-pressed time-poor volunteers.  For one, mouser is supposed to be working on his *P*h*.D*.

I'm not suggesting chaining anyone to the grinding wheel.  There must be some intermittent problem or something with search.  Seems I remember looking around to avoid duplicating posts already done only to be made aware later with the link.  Granted I may just not have searched correctly but it seems like it happens often enough to discount operator error.

In the particular case of the browser it could be that it came to my notice and I dismissed it because I was so into Firefox at the time.  But I just get the impression some things that should pop up in result lists often don't.

Could be just an impression.
3396  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Discussion: How can we Improve DonationCoder? on: April 26, 2010, 05:58:02 PM
My note about the "donation deterrent effect" wasn't meant to suggest changing the name of the site.  That would kill off any publicity the software associated with it has earned.  I don't know the solution.  Maybe some concise explanation of what people can expect, that could be linked to, would be helpful.

The Coding Snacks board is kind of novel and should be touted a bit more I think.  But one problem is there's a bit of a tongue in cheek quality that's hard to transplant when telling people about it other places. They think you are trying to get them to contract custom software or something like that(spam paranoia again.)  It's just difficult to know how to capsulize why people should visit and look for software and a novel board.
3397  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Discussion: How can we Improve DonationCoder? on: April 26, 2010, 02:46:39 PM
2 Things come to mind.

+1 on the Search Question.

I was kind of surprised as I recently got onto SRWare Iron browser after noticing talk about it on another forum.  Come to find out there was a big thread about it months/years ago I never even noticed.

The 2nd issue is the overall impression when one mentions DonationCoder to those who haven't encountered it.  Many boards have spam paranoia. Seems like when I mention DonationCoder the first 2 paragraphs have to be about the fact that you don't have to pay to get on there, or to use some of the software.  Anything that looks like cost is construed as spam.  I don't think we wan't to attract everyone who is looking for something for nothing, but perhaps a certain percentage so as not to scare off everybody.  I don't know how to determine the "sweet spot" in this trade-off.. but the site is somewhat unusual in its approach.  Mainly I think it has going the fact that many of the software titles get notice on download and review sites.  People sort of back their way into DC because they noticed a particular utility they want to use.

As for the nature of posts and making it easier for people to filter out the banter.. only thing I could think of is perhaps some type of PopUp so that anyone who follows the digression link is forwarned that it's likely to be 90% banter.  They could just not opt to follow that path. Don't know how difficult it would be to implement though.

The balance between discussion and small talk is for someone wiser than I.  To make it tantamount to filling in a form though, I think would make it feel too much like work.  It's a balancing act I suppose.

Bottom line though, I think seeing the word Donation should be handled in such a way as not to scare people off before they even have a clue what it's about(redundancy for emphasis purposes.)




3398  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Discussion: How can we Improve DonationCoder? on: April 26, 2010, 02:26:14 PM
@MilesAhead: Sorry!
I was making (or trying to make) a joke there, but it was ironic and a joke on myself. (The "jerk" pot calling the kettle black - and yes, I thought it was a neat twist too!)
If you took it seriously, then I really do apologise. It was meant to make you smile. I really didn't mean for you to take it seriously. I maybe should have included a smiley or three.
Here they are:  Grin      smiley       Cool        Wink       cheesy      tongue  (better late than never)

No, I'm sorry.  It was in the early AM and I was one cup short of a coffee.  Believe me, I appreciate it when someone tries to lighten it up. smiley

edit: came into the thread at the end and didn't read the whole thing else I would have seen tongue in cheek. smiley
3399  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Discussion: How can we Improve DonationCoder? on: April 26, 2010, 01:25:08 AM
@Shades and @MilesAhead: Could we keep on-topic please? It would seem to be a diversion to talk about AJ. I only happened to make reference to AJ in passing, as an example of the sort of content quality improvement that we might consider for the DC site. AJ therefore was not the topic.

So discussing what you brought up is going off topic? That's a neat twist.

btw please don't discuss my response.  Let's stick to the topic.

3400  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Discussion: How can we Improve DonationCoder? on: April 25, 2010, 10:50:09 PM
afa AJ goes... for those like myself not enamored of plastic surgery, I recommend the flick
Foxfire

Not only does AJ display the goods pre operation, but the movie actually has a pretty good plot.  It does tend to devolve into cliche in the last 1/2 hour though.

Like many flicks, the first 45 minutes or so are interesting.
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