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1576  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / NANY 2012 Request on: December 12, 2011, 07:20:05 AM
Not really an app request, but rather a component request, and perhaps there's a free version of this out there in cyberspace somewhere, but if so I haven't come across it:

I would like a custom control that I can add to my Visual C# Express toolbox. It should inherit from RichTextBox, but should be able to LoadFile() just like a RichTextBox (plain or RTB format), and should have a Print() method that prints the entire contents of the custom Rich TextBox.

Printing is abominably arcane in .NET!  Grrr...
1577  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Pledge and Early Beta: Prayer Minder on: December 11, 2011, 07:45:54 AM
v1.0.0.8 is released! Please update using the Update button from the program's About dialog to download the installer for the updated version (no need to uninstall previous version: the installer will overwrite it, and any application data will be preserved).

See OP for additional features that have been added. At some point I'll be doing (hopefully) a video showing how the rebuilt Search feature is most robust/powerful.

@techidave: both your requests have been fulfilled. Here's a screenshot of the Search results. You can scroll through the results ListBox to view pertinent data associated with the selected prayer file. You can double-click the item to Load the prayer for further editing:


alternate fore-/back-color scheme:

1578  DonationCoder.com Software / Web Link Captor / Re: Latest Web Link Captor Release - v1.08.01 - December 24, 2011 on: December 11, 2011, 06:39:51 AM
That is a really useful application!
1579  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Pledge and Early Beta: Prayer Minder on: December 10, 2011, 10:23:28 PM
Okay, techidave and several others who have emailed me via the program's email button in the About dialog, thanks for your patience. The next version is almost ready for download. I just need to tie some code into the SelectedIndexChanged event of the lstSearchResults ListBox, so that as you scroll through entries, you'll be presented with filename, tags, author. Should be back sometime tomorrow with an announcement that it's okay to update to the newest version.
1580  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Pledge and Early Beta: Prayer Minder on: December 10, 2011, 12:38:39 PM
Okay, I've fulfilled both your feature requests, techidave. Now I've only to re-work the Search algorithm, and I'll be ready with v1.0.0.7. Best estimate is that it'll get uploaded in the next few hours, though possibly not until sometime Sunday.
1581  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Release: Big Bang Theory Sound Quotes (for Android devices) on: December 10, 2011, 10:29:02 AM
Looks very cool, Lotus! Some humorous stuff in there cheesy
1582  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Pledge Teaser: Web Link Captor, aka LL Robot on: December 10, 2011, 06:55:53 AM
That looks fantastically useful!
1583  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Pledge and Early Beta: Prayer Minder on: December 09, 2011, 06:22:22 AM
Haven't uploaded the fix yet. Will probably have next version uploaded (and announced) either today or tomorrow.
1584  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Pledge and Early Beta: Prayer Minder on: December 08, 2011, 09:22:53 PM
I've fixed the first: you can now name your own files; I'll also be providing your second wish, such that you'll be able to scroll through a listing of all saved prayer files, and see, at a glance, the filename, author, tags associated with the file currently highlighted in a listbox.
1585  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Pledge and Early Beta: Prayer Minder on: December 08, 2011, 07:25:27 AM
instead of saving with date and title, let it default to whatever the title of the prayer is.  Come tomorrow, I won't be able to tell by the file name, what the prayer concern is.

@techidave: Yeah, I get your drift.  The reason the files are auto-named based upon the date-time, rather than prompting the user with a SaveFileDialog, is that it will make it very easy later to implement a search-by-date function. The "Title" field (see screenshot) below, is meant to allow you to give a memorable title to the prayer.


But I think I see where I could make it more user-friendly: currently, when you click the Load button, you see this:


What would be nicer is if you saw a list of the prayers you've saved, by their "Title" field:


Am I understanding correctly?

is it possible to use the arrow keys to "scroll" through the list of concerns?  instead of actually having to 'load" each one.

I'll see what I can come up with... smiley
1586  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Pledge and Early Beta: Prayer Minder on: December 07, 2011, 05:44:07 PM
It's worth a download and a few runs just to see the various form background images (a random one of twenty gets chosen each time the program runs).  Some pretty cool images in there.
1587  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: Pledge: VisualPerimeter on: December 07, 2011, 05:42:31 PM
Cool!  Looking forward to seeing this develop!
1588  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Pledge Teaser: Web Link Captor, aka LL Robot on: December 07, 2011, 08:11:29 AM
The "LL" in "LLRobot" must be the key...... now what could those two Ls stand for?
1589  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: Pledge: PinPics on: December 07, 2011, 08:10:14 AM
Glad you've pledged, NinJA99!
1590  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / NANY 2012 RELEASE: Christian Prayer Minder on: December 07, 2011, 08:00:42 AM
NANY 2012 Entry Information

Application Name Christian Prayer Minder
Version (attention: prayer files from versions prior to aren't compatible with later versions of the program; If you currently have v1.0.1.1 or earlier installed, please manually install version after uninstalling any previous version. From now on, you should be able to update from within the program as usual. If you have v1.0.1.2 or later installer, you should be able to download the updated installer from within your currently running program.)
Short Descriptionprovides informative texts on prayer-related topics, plus enables easy save/retrieve/edit prayer files, and searching prayer files based on tags and/or author
Supported OSes Windows XP forward
Setup File (4.8 M) http://kyrathaba.dcmembers.com/ccount/click.php?id=8
Memory Footprintabout 6,680 Kb (this will increase slightly when many prayers have been searched)
System Requirementsrequires .NET Framework v4.0 (program detects if absent, and will download/install it if permission is given)
Author InfoDC member kyrathaba, developer of these other NANY 2012 entries: Found Money, Kyrathaba's Hangman, and Source Code Line Counter. My past NANY entries include: Crocus Contacts, Blackjack, and NANY Excuse Manager.
DescriptionI realize that there are relatively few Christianity adherents here. Nevertheless, for those of us who are, I believe that this program offers something valuable. I began thinking about writing this application several weeks ago, after a series of conversations with my pastor in which we discussed how it's often difficult to concentrate while trying to pray. We've also discussed the need for a tool that acts as a prayer reminder, and one that can track written prayers and offer search functionality. Finally, we wanted a tool that allows the user to come back at a later time to a prayer and offer thoughts/insights into prayer-answers, or meditations on the prayer itself.  This tool will also, in future updates, allow the user to customize prompts and prompt-frequencies for various types of prayer (praise, intercession, supplication, etc.) The program could also be used to store diary/journal entries, although that isn't its intended purpose.
Screencast<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KAQqpHlHmE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KAQqpHlHmE</a>
  • built-in CHM Help file
  • pray at the speed of typing (for me, that's about 85 wpm)
  • enter author, and any related tags to help in future searches (or omit them)
  • main form features fantastic background images, many of them by J. R. Bell
  • twelve fore-/back-color schemes for the "My Prayers" panel
  • option to launch application when Windows starts
  • ten in-depth articles on prayer-related topics
  • articles on spiritual disciplines, and the Biblical plan of salvation
  • ability to print the article, or whatever portion of its text is selected
  • recommended further reading (some titles with accompanying URLs)
  • real-time filesystem watcher monitors for creation/deletion/renaming of prayer files
  • informative message-boxes
  • program uses index files to make searching for specific prayer files faster
  • warns user if they attempt to save a prayer file in a non-MyPrayers directory
  • error-trapping correctly detects and handles case where user attempts to load a non-PrayerMinder file
  • click a Search result in ListBox to view its filename, lastModified date, path to file, Author, and tags
  • double-click the Search result entry to load that prayer file
  • zero Registry footprint
  • you can now increase or decrease font size in the MyPrayers textbox by selecting your desired font size in Options
  • three ways to exit application: close button, file menu, or Escape key
  • optional "Did You Know" dialog at program startup
  • search either by author and/or tags, using indexes (fast: on the order of milliseconds)
  • search within prayer file contents for a search phrase, returning all files that contain that search phrase (slow: seconds, not milliseconds)
  • if you double-click a Search results listbox entry and it is the result of a search-within-for-phrase Search, the search-phrase is highlighted when the prayer file is loaded
  • smart-saving removes any excess whitespace from the prayer before saving it
  • option to set a backup directory (makes program compatible with using Dropbox for backing up the program's data files)
  • full list of features  here
Favorite method in this project: bgWorkerSearch_DoWork()
Screenshots (there are 8 more images in addition to the twelve shown here, but you'll have to download/install the program to discover them...)
Installationrun the Inno Setup installer
Using the applicationpretty standard Windows application menu system, with some additional options.  Should be straightforward, although I intend to author a help file.
UninstallingRun the uninstaller that the installation provides
Known IssuesI've fixed quite a few minor issues. Let me know if you think you've found a bug: it's probably a feature Wink
1591  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: Pledge: Shelves on: December 06, 2011, 08:07:21 PM
Thanks for the Pledge, pyrohacker!
1592  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Release: TYSON on: December 06, 2011, 08:06:03 PM
Nice to see you've further developed this!
1593  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Release: Printer PaperSource Explorer on: December 06, 2011, 08:03:54 PM
Congrats on the Release, Ath.
1594  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Pledge: Apply checked out files on: December 06, 2011, 11:05:42 AM
Yay! Theo geer! Glad mouser's email convinced you cheesy
1595  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Pledge & Early Beta: Found Money on: December 05, 2011, 11:20:51 AM
To me the application did not make too much sense either.

@Shades: the program can be used to keep track of U.S. money you truly find (a quarter on a bus, a dollar on the sidewalk, etc), or of money you save (read as "in your piggy-bank" [real or virtual]).  Under "Description" in the OP, there's a link to the Coding Snacks thread where this all started.  Really, the Short Description in the OP summarizes its function pretty succinctly.

I never in my entire life (and I've been around for some decades) found this many coins and bills, that you found in a few months ohmy now I see why you needed this app

@Ath: I found them when I robbed various stores' cash registers...

No, seriously, one of the dropdown options for location where money was found (which I added via the application's provision for just such additional locations) is your pocket/wallet:


I wish I was actually finding this kind of money daily, out on the street somewhere!  But, as you can see, I'm using the program more like a piggy-bank.
1596  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Writing to Form1 textbox from Form2 on: December 04, 2011, 07:10:24 AM
In the short term, passing form instances around to constructors and whatnot will work, but it's not good for modularity, re-use, or being able to comprehend your code a few months from now.

The first thing you need to learn is separating your GUI from your "real code". This means having pretty much all your logic separated from the GUI code, and never directly referencing GUI controls from the logic/model code. Let your GUI controls observe your program's model state, and let GUI events be very shallow things doing little else but delegating to instance calls on your model.

Agreed.  Thmbsup
1597  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Pledge & Early Beta: Found Money on: December 04, 2011, 07:07:54 AM
Woohoo!  Downloads for this program here at DC and across other download sites has exceeded 1,000 downloads!  I'm still using this program almost daily myself:

1598  News and Reviews / DonationCoder.com Newsletters / Re: --> Newsletter for October 31, 2011 - "Frightening Feathers" on: December 04, 2011, 06:53:20 AM
Regarding NANY 2012, here is a report on how things are progressing in this year's event.
1599  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Stage Play on: December 03, 2011, 10:49:43 AM
Nice to hear from you, CodeTRUCKER!  Congratulations on the play!  That must have been quite an undertaking!
1600  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: Gentlemen (and Ladies), Start Your Engines!! on: December 03, 2011, 10:42:44 AM
Well, folks, we have about 3 days remaining until the preferred Pledge deadline (although we will undoubtedly extend this deadline for anyone wishing to submit a pledge, the idea was that working to a deadline should help spur pledges).  So if you haven't pledged an app yet for NANY 2012, please do so!  And if you can't pledge it until next week (or later), we still want it, by all means!

Having encouraged your participation, let me give a synopsis of the pledges we've had to date.  In the following list, you'll see the name (sometimes only a temporary name) of the application that has been pledged, then the author's name in parentheses, then in squiggly-brackets the total number of unwithdrawn pledges by that author.  As with the Pledge Deadline, the limit on the number of pledges is only a guideline, not a strictly enforced rule.  This is a competition with the goals of fun and creativity above all else.  Out of that we always wind up with many quite useful applications that draw attention to themselves from all over cyberspace!

NoteMe - Mail Myself (justice) {1}
Desktop URL Embed (wraith808) {2}
Track My Stuff (wraith808) {2}
Nea (ewemoa) {1}
Printer Papersource Explorer (Ath) {1}
Stick-A-Note (anandcoral) {3}
Kyrathaba's Hangman (kyrathaba) {3}
Quicksilver Like Launcher (ecaradec) {1}
Flipside (Deozaan) {1}
Ethervane Echo (tranglos) {1}
LL Robot (mouser) {1}
Kyrathaba's Source Code Line Counter (kyrathaba) {3}
Fentwiss (timns) {1}
Portable Extension Warlock (hamradio) {1}
Tell When Done (anandcoral) {3}
Got Space (Stoic Joker) {1}
Dungeon AI (Stephen66515) {1}
Paste Like Text (anandcoral) {3}
FLAK (capitalH) {1}
You Have Files [Abandoned] (anandcoral) {3}
Kyrathaba's Found Money (kyrathaba) {3}
De-Stress (worstje) {1}
Crush Turbochecker (Crush) {1}

That's 23 pledges, to date!  Awesome!!  Last year, we finished with 24 NANY apps.  It looks quite likely that we will beat that this year  cheesy

Let me just once again extend a huge thank-you to all the authors who have pledged, to date, and let me greatly encourage everyone reading this to pledge any idea you may have for an application.  It's a great community-building event.  I have three NANY mugs on my desk to attest to that, and will soon add a fourth!

Regards, and Happy coding!!

- kyrathaba
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