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Finished Programs / Re: r4r - Lightweight media player
« on: August 17, 2007, 01:48 AM »
Wow, you're going to love this.  I opened it back up to play with it a bit more and this is what I saw:

r4r_error.png

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You must not do much programming if you've never ran across or heard of some obscure library that has poor documentation.

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I wonder if such a beast exists?  If not, I think I'd like to lay claim to the idea right now.

Basically, as a programmer, beginner or otherwise, you may not always know what function exists within what header or may not be able to comprehend the contents of a header file.

Wouldn't a program that reads a header and gives you a common use for it be a grand application for a programmer, beginner or otherwise?

For example, taken from stdio.h:

_CRTIMP int __cdecl printf (const char*, ...);

Um, say what?  Does it really matter that it is a constant pointer to some text to a beginning programmer?  Not really.  And knowing this in the beginning to me is not that big of a deal because pointers is something that should be learned on their own and otherwise, variable and type defining is another thing that should be learned separately.

Instead the program would output something like:

printf("Here is a string: %s", sVar);
%s represents a string and will be replaced with the variable or constant that you provide printf.
sVar represents any valid string reference or constant.

So, the idea is something like API Viewer, only for headers.  However, I would enable the ability to create custom views allowing other types of files as well.  For example, keywords and keyword definitions so someone could define the way another type of "header" is written, thereby enabling this program to read and display that information as well.  Also, it would overcome the shortcomings of API Viewer by being a friendly and intuitive application for beginners as well as advanced programmers.

I have several other ideas and features for the program, but those are mine to share only with those who might contribute to the program's birth, fixes, and upgrades.

So, does something like this exist in some form already?  Again, if not, it's my idea!   :P

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General Software Discussion / Re: Learnin Javascript
« on: August 11, 2007, 05:25 AM »
This is something that comes up at least ten times every month or so in the newsgroup comp.lang.javascript.  I'll refer you to that FAQ for now.

http://jibbering.com/faq/#FAQ3_1

I'll say this about David Flanagan's book though.  I've read the 3rd edition and am currently reading the 5th.  It is simple enough to understand, but bounces back and forth in my opinion.  Also, it doesn't discuss advanced topics at all.  Or at least, nothing you couldn't find on a fairly decent resource site.

I would recommend it for an absolute beginner though.  I'll say this as well, download the errata and pay attention when something doesn't go right.  It's most likely a typo in the book.

If using Internet Explorer, I recommend Microsoft Script Editor.
If using Firefox, I recommend Firebug.

Also, Venkman might be a wise addition to your arsenal.

Depending on your level of expertise and understanding of technical documents you could view the latest revision of the ECMAScript revision or better yet, ISO/IEC 16262, which is basically the updated ECMAScript.

Also, an indispensable resource for JavaScript is the Mozilla Gecko pages at:

http://developer.mozilla.org/

I listed the root site so you could see all of the available technologies and areas of interest.  Merely click JavaScript if that is your only interest and you're off.  Oh, and a JavaScript programmer *must* be aware of the DOM.  So I'd suggest delving into the DOM category as well.

Good luck!

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Official Announcements / Re: No August 2007 Discounts
« on: August 10, 2007, 08:03 AM »
To hear that someone else is finding fault in such a great place just because is flabbergasting.

Hmm, cthorpe (Carl Thorpe) is our volunteer official discount coordinator and he was not whining about no discounts for programs this month (or maybe he was? :P).

Anyway I really don't think anyone was finding fault. Who would?  ;)

Because of your good spirited nature you must not have noticed that I actually addressed mouser in my post.

Otherwise I am sure you would have noted that I am most definitely going crazy and the DonationCoder forums are out to get me.

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I realize this just cracks everyone up, but personally, I found myself getting angry.  In fact, I am angry.

It's more or less just another straw in the hat of how screwed up the people in this world can be.

But mouser...  I realize there are idiots who no matter what, will not be pleased.  But now you have taught the rest of those same idiots who aren't smart enough to "annoy" DonationCoder how to do so?

You are truly a glutton for punishment.    ;)

I gave, not because I had plenty of money at the time, but because I believed in DonationCoder.  And for good cause it turns out.  I believe DonationCoder was barely six months old when I gave.  To see it still thriving years later makes me ever so tingly.

To hear that someone else is finding fault in such a great place just because is flabbergasting.  I guess that is what makes an idiot and idiot right?  Illogical madness that makes normal people boggle at the level and intricacy of their idiocy.

Anyway... I plan on requesting a member kit.  Can you tell me how much it is though so I don't have to feel bad that this makes the 2nd time I'll be receiving it?  The first time my kids doodled on all the paper and stole my stickers.  This time I plan on putting them to good use.

I'm going to put them all over the stuff they don't want stickers on.  Muahahaha!

Oh, and if possible can I request extra of the tiny stickers?  I've got 4 kids and they've got *plenty* of stuff for me to tag.

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Official Announcements / Re: No August 2007 Discounts
« on: August 10, 2007, 07:59 AM »
Ugh!  Yes, I did mean to post in that thread.

You know... I have noticed odd goings on whenever I have numerous DonationCoder forum windows open and am logged in.  Sometimes I click a link in one window and it reloads another (I think) and just weird stuff all around.

I've not got a great memory, but am positive that odd stuff happens.

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Finished Programs / Re: r4r - Lightweight media player
« on: August 10, 2007, 05:02 AM »
Dammit!  You just wanted to see me use an odd number.

7.  Saving custom lyrics overwrites the ".mp3.txt" file.  Thereby only one song can have custom lyrics.

Subsequently lyrics aren't even loaded with the file that was selected when the custom lyrics were saved.

Was ".mp3.txt" intentional or was it supposed to be "name.mp3.txt?"

8.  What parameters are you using to search AZLyrics and AbsoluteLyrics?  As it stands, I have fed MP3s with valid ID3v1 and v2 information and it finds no lyrics.  I also used popular songs, both of which I identified at those sites (which means they should have been found).

9.  It would be lovely if there were a method to turn off automatic searching of those lyrics sites.  Or to fire them separately.  As it stands, if I search one I cannot simply go to the other.  I have to restart the song to search anew.

10.  Back to the network problem... something is seriously jacked in that application.  I added the program to my firewalls whitelist and it made the same "unknown attempt," yet that was it.  No network activity at all.

I refuse to let the odd numbers have their way with me.

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Finished Programs / Re: r4r - Lightweight media player
« on: August 10, 2007, 04:52 AM »
Hrmm... I guess there is a 6.

6.  I'm not sure what methods you employ or what native abilities of AutoIt are being utilized, but when I attempted to retrieve lyrics from one of the two sites mentioned, my firewall was not alerted to its activity in normal fashion.

Instead, I see that it was blocked my firewall.  Normally software would request a "program access" to the outside world via a protocol, and would have a destination IP.  Your program for some reason provided none of those things and in fact the reason for automatic blocking was because your program did not identify the type of request it was making.

This would have been handled automatically by using whatever network related APIs and functions that were available in said language.  I can only guess that AutoIt does something a little oddball in that respect?

Anyway, as it stands now I would have to go into my firewall settings and add your program manually.  Of course, I have no clue what protocol it needed without checking so I'd have to allow any (UDP, TCP, ICMP, IGMP or any combination of those), and I'd have to DNS those 2 domains to list destinations.  OK, I *could* just add the domain, but I'm a stickler.

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Finished Programs / Re: r4r - Lightweight media player
« on: August 10, 2007, 04:35 AM »
This is definitely cool.  And all this time I thought AutoIt had remained an automation language.

You used nothing else aside from the AutoIt programming language to create this?

It has a very small footprint and I love the fade effect.  A few things I noticed after messing with it for a couple seconds is:

1.  No notification whether or not "loop" is on or off.

2.  No notification whether or not "random" is on or off.

3.  When there is no media loaded, play does not prompt for a file.  This is a common practice of other audio players.

4.  When there is no media loaded, hitting stop makes "Stopped" appear at the top.  Not technically true if there was no media loaded in the first place to stop.   ;)

5.  The scrolling of the title seems to "jerk" into view each new word, rather than scroll letter by letter.  No biggie, just caught me off guard at first.

6.  There is no six, but I loathe odd numbers.

So, was this a fairly complicated process or is it a bunch of GUI clicks and clacks until you've got something that works?

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Official Announcements / Re: No August 2007 Discounts
« on: August 10, 2007, 04:22 AM »
I realize this just cracks everyone up, but personally, I found myself getting angry.  In fact, I am angry.

It's more or less just another straw in the hat of how screwed up the people in this world can be.

But mouser...  I realize there are idiots who no matter what, will not be pleased.  But now you have taught the rest of those same idiots who aren't smart enough to "annoy" DonationCoder how to do so?

You are truly a glutton for punishment.   ;)

I gave, not because I had plenty of money at the time, but because I believed in DonationCoder.  And for good cause it turns out.  I believe DonationCoder was barely six months old when I gave.  To see it still thriving years later makes me ever so tingly.

To hear that someone else is finding fault in such a great place just because is flabbergasting.  I guess that is what makes an idiot and idiot right?  Illogical madness that makes normal people boggle at the level and intricacy of their idiocy.

Anyway... I plan on requesting a member kit.  Can you tell me how much it is though so I don't have to feel bad that this makes the 2nd time I'll be receiving it?  The first time my kids doodled on all the paper and stole my stickers.  This time I plan on putting them to good use.

I'm going to put them all over the stuff they don't want stickers on.  Muahahaha!

Oh, and if possible can I request extra of the tiny stickers?  I've got 4 kids and they've got *plenty* of stuff for me to tag.

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I realize this is not PAD-specific, but isn't AnalogX's SoftSubmit relevant?

http://www.analogx.c.../program/ssubmit.htm

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Good posts so far.  I'm surprised I'm not seeing a larger sampling though.

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I registered, but haven't got an e-mail.  It's only been about 20 minutes though, so...

I'd like JavaScript and PHP to start.  That's only 10, so it'll be done quickly.

Then I wouldn't mind doing Perl or Python, and then the other.

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I tried giving this a search, but couldn't get an accurate bead on anything and thought if it hadn't been posted, would make for a great thread.

What are the best IDE(s) for Python, Perl, PHP, C, C++, C#, Java, BASIC, and any other languages that people deem fit to put here.

The requirements for posting should be:

1.  List the IDE.
2.  License type, if any.
3.  Commercial status (freeware, open-source, et cetera).
4.  Any relevant information such as a blurb about why you dig this particular IDE.

I also think advanced editors *could* be included, but *only* if they centralize on a given language.

I don't mean multipurpose editors that can highlight a thousand languages and offer shortcuts or macros to a compiler.  I cannot think of even one example of this, but who knows.  All I can think of are IDEs, multi-language IDEs, or ASCII editors, be they advanced text editors or no.

Oh, and if this thread has been done before, sorry.  "IDE" isn't a very fruitful search.

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Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Evrsoft First Page 2006 Reviewed
« on: July 15, 2007, 04:07 AM »
The developer's have stopped developing this program. It is freeware, with the nag-screen. There is no way to purchase the software.

Are we totally sure about that?  I don't doubt the original poster or anything, but I clicked on the "buy now" link and it took me to the store and was ready to take payment information from what I could tell.

Where does it say that they have abandoned the program?

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