When I first saw Jay Muntz's excellent article Dynamic Holiday Date Calculator[^], I thought to myself, "Great article, but it requires a front end". So I combined it with the Calendar control[^] by Bjarke Viksoe, and the result is presented here.
Holidays Calendar is a daily calendar that shows all holidays or any other anniversaries defined in an XML file. It will help you to stay informed of all upcoming dates, birthdays, events, and holidays. When you use this program, you will never forget anyone's most important day, or overlook a hot date. Although it is developed mainly for tracking birthdays, you can also use it for keeping track of upcoming events, anniversaries, holidays, or as a tool for general reminders.
Copy the two files to any folder of your choice, and run the HolidayCalendar.exe.
Points of Interest
Since the original Date Calculator is written in C#, I ported it to C++, and the code to calculate the holidays can be found in the
CDateCalculator class. I completely kept the logic for calculating the holidays, and used the same XML file that defines all holidays. So if you have any questions regarding the algorithm for calculating the correct dates, please send them to the author of the original article. The only difference is that my class requires only year as an input, and it will calculate all holidays for the given year.
Another point is that I used the TinyXml parser to read XML - nice, small, easy to use, and speedy. Highly recommended.
- 07/13/2006 - Initial release.
THIS SOFTWARE AND THE ACCOMPANYING FILES ARE DISTRIBUTED "AS IS" AND WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES WHETHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED. NO RESPONSIBILITIES FOR POSSIBLE DAMAGES CAN BE TAKEN. THE USER MUST ASSUME THE ENTIRE RISK OF USING THIS SOFTWARE.