What are Coding Snacks?

Coding Snacks represent the best of DonationCoder.

On a special section of our forum, anyone can post an idea for a small custom utility/program.

Coders who hang out on our forum keep an eye out for interesting requests and when they see one that catches their interest, they code it and release it to the public for free.

People who find the tools useful are encouraged to donate directly to the coders to show their appreciation.

Forum Links:

  • Browse completed coding snacks: here.
  • Browse and submit new requests: here.
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Ok We're Making Progress with the Automation Stuff..
The automated activation e-mails were great with clear, easy to follow instructions.
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What are Coding Snacks?

Coding snacks are small custom utilities written by coders who hang out on DonationCoder in response to requests posted on our forum.

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DSToolBox for the command line inclined user

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DC member ChalkTrauma says:

This is just a collection of command line apps that I developed over the years that lanux128 gave me the idea to release. This is the first bunch I have cleaned up and documented, I expect to keep adding to this collection as time permits. Right now I have 11 in the pack. I've done my best to test them, but I'm sure there are bugs here and there.  Hopefully someone will find them useful.  I don't know how much time I'll have to work on them so I probably won't have many cycles for feature requests unless it is something trivial, but I'll always fix bugs. You can find them here:

http://dreamcycle.net/dstoolbox

share and enjoy  :Thmbsup:


Coding Snack: CovArt Ops - Scan music collection for missing covers/artwork

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A dc member requests:

"Topic says it all. I know it is somewhat possible with iTunes by going coverflow happy and looking for the grays, but I hate that program.

Ideally, I'd want a big list, sorted by album title. An album could be determined by the directory, as I use one directory per album. Please please PLEASE do not make different artists turn it into different albums, since that's what's making most programs I found throw up with 15 similar covers for different artists - directory criterium alone is all I need. It should look for the cover in a cover.jpg, folder.jpg, front.jpg as well as tags in the files if files doesn't work. Albums that end up without any cover art should light up red in the list. It would also be nice if it was possible to see how the program found the cover (from a file (filename), from tags, etc) and whether it is consistent. A way to get the directory the album is in (Copy to clipboard) would also be awesome.

Reason I'm looking for this is that I lost a crapload of my album art when iTunes messed up my computer, and I'm not letting it back on lest it destroy stuff again.. but I do want to go through my 500+ albums to restore covers where they might be missing.

P.S.: Used the Dina font for years, always been a lurker without account till now. Great website! ^^"

Click here to read about the program written by DC member skwire, CovArt Ops..


Automated mp3 rip from video clip

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A DC member requested a tool with a super simple interface that can create an mp3 file from a video file.

Member Skwire comes through again with this new tool "Video 2 mp3":

Instructions:
1) Drag & drop a video file onto this executable file.
2) An MP3 file will be created in the same directory as the executable.
3) It will use the same name as the dropped video file except with an mp3 extension.

I tested it with an AVI, MPG, and FLV file.  Obviously, the larger the file, the longer it will take to extract and produce the MP3.

Click here to read more and download..


Coding Snack: Warning that I'm on Battery power

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A DC member asks:


I was doing a presentation on Sat, and I guess my power cord wasn't plugged in all the way, so I was on battery power. Died halfway thru the presentation in front of 1000 people, and went in hiberation. Bad!!

I use the laptop for audio so they don't see the screen.

I want a small flashing box on my screen every time I'm on battery power so this never happens again.
Anyone seen such a tiny program?

Click here to read more and download the coding snack written by a dc member..


Coding Snack: My text file manipulation needs

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A DC member asks:

Hallo!
I am a writer and not a programmer, but am in search of easy to use tools to tackle simple tasks.
They are almost always associated with text files & a tagged CSV English - German dictionary.
For the tasks I have I would like to try and use AutoHotKey. I seem to have no luck with programming languages.
The task I am trying to perform is:
1. Open a simple text file of sentences.
2. Open a CSV dictionary file
3. Read words in turn from the text file, find them each in the dictionary and
4. Copy the Parts-of-Speech for each from dictionary
5. Write the tags in brackets following each word in the text file.
Is it possible to do this uising AutoHotKey?
Has anyne tried it or done it?
Can he or she help me?
Or has one of the donation-coders a better way?
I'd be very grateful.
Thanks and regards, forkinpm.

Click here to read more and download the utility written by dc member Skwire..


CodingSnack: Left-mouse-click triggers a PrtScr press in the background

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A DC member requests:

Basically, I am currently using Screenshot Captor and I defined the PrtScr button to capture the active window each time I press it.  What I hope to do is to eliminate the need to press the PrtScr button by leveraging the left-button click on mouse to trigger it.  The left-mouse button click must still function as normal but now with an added function of simulating a press of the PrtScr button.  Is there such a program available that can help me do this?  Or can someone create a script to do this?  Thank you in advance for any suggestions.

Click here to read more and download the utility created..


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