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The Code Project Ticker

, 29 Jun 2002 CPOL
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A desk band ticker that scrolls the latest messages posted in the Lounge and other forums
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I always want to keep myself up to date with the latest happenings at The Code Project. The problem - I can't afford to launch IE every 5 minutes to see if there are any new and interesting threads or whether there are more messages posted to a particular thread. The idea came (originally from Colin Davies) that a desk band ticker which scrolled through all the latest messages would be pretty good in this regard. This will ensure that none of the action (like a Lounge flame war) is missed when it happens.

For a change (form me) this is totally written in unmanaged C++ using ATL/WTL 7. So .NET framework runtime is not required. Even the latest MFC/CRT dlls are not required. The code makes use of the latest attributed extensions in VC++.NET and also of the new classes in ATL7 to access webservices. Later on I will add support to host .NET based addins and also normal VBScript/JScript.

How To Install

  1. Unzip the file. This will extract one file, CPTicker.dll.

  2. Register the CPTicker.dll by calling regsvr32 CPTicker.dll

  3. Right click on the task bar. This will show a menu as shown in the image below. From the Toolbars sub menu select "The Code Project Ticker". This will place The Code Project Ticker desk band on the task bar.

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  4. The latest messages are shown and are periodically refreshed from the website.

  5. Clicking on any message will launch IE and navigate to the message thread view.

Update 6/30/2002

Thanks to Shog for his suggestions.

  1. There is a new settings dialog as shown in the top screen shot that allows users to configure colors as well as the animation speed. (Thanks to Tim Smith for his WTL color picker control). To bring up the dialog double click on the ticker band.
  2. Fixed some memory leaks

Pending Work

  1. Support for other sites like MSDN, SellsBrothers etc.
  2. Menu support for common tasks like posting to the lounge etc.

Please inform me of any problems and as usual suggestions are welcome.


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


About the Author

Rama Krishna Vavilala
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Comments and Discussions

GeneralTicker in Visual C Pin
Lord_Chiru, 2-Nov-06 21:33
memberLord_Chiru2-Nov-06 21:33 
QuestionHow to resize !!!!! Pin
neoandrew, 16-Oct-06 4:34
memberneoandrew16-Oct-06 4:34 
Do you now how to resize the toolbar about 1 or 2 pixels when
the deskband gets in, i've seen it in windows media player mini-bar but i don't now how to do it.
GeneralC# Pin
alpha_9, 7-Aug-06 23:12
memberalpha_97-Aug-06 23:12 
GeneralLoading errors: -2147352567 Pin, 8-Feb-05 22:35
memberrubbish@eezi.nl8-Feb-05 22:35 
GeneralThe Code Project Ticker: Nice Tool. Pin
rbid, 26-Jan-05 22:22
memberrbid26-Jan-05 22:22 
GeneralScreen Corrds to (x,y) chart coords in MSChart Pin
hshavit, 13-Jun-04 21:07
memberhshavit13-Jun-04 21:07 
GeneralProblems compiling Pin
gordingin, 14-Mar-04 19:56
membergordingin14-Mar-04 19:56 
GeneralRe: Problems compiling Pin
Hardy, 20-Jan-05 10:35
memberHardy20-Jan-05 10:35 
GeneralStarting a project Pin
gordingin, 28-Jan-04 4:00
membergordingin28-Jan-04 4:00 
GeneralVC 6.0 Pin
Balkrishna Talele, 5-Jan-04 1:33
memberBalkrishna Talele5-Jan-04 1:33 
GeneralOpening in NEW window Pin
SPS, 20-Dec-03 0:01
memberSPS20-Dec-03 0:01 
GeneralRe: Opening in NEW window Pin
SPS, 21-Jan-04 21:09
memberSPS21-Jan-04 21:09 
GeneralRe: Opening in NEW window Pin
Mr.Prakash, 29-Mar-04 9:40
memberMr.Prakash29-Mar-04 9:40 
GeneralAwesome! Pin
Brad Jennings, 26-Sep-03 22:35
memberBrad Jennings26-Sep-03 22:35 
QuestionXP ? Pin
Rage, 12-May-03 0:38
memberRage12-May-03 0:38 
GeneralQuestion Pin
Tom Archer, 15-Mar-03 9:37
memberTom Archer15-Mar-03 9:37 
GeneralFantastic!!! Pin
Anthony_Yio, 24-Nov-02 18:05
memberAnthony_Yio24-Nov-02 18:05 
GeneralThis is a good tool, but could add to the documentation. Pin
Soliant, 10-Oct-02 6:05
memberSoliant10-Oct-02 6:05 
GeneralGreat work! Pin
Soliant, 18-Jul-02 9:17
memberSoliant18-Jul-02 9:17 
GeneralNot quite sure. Pin
WREY, 12-Jul-02 20:31
memberWREY12-Jul-02 20:31 
GeneralTicker Headline doesn't take me to the view. Pin
WREY, 5-Jul-02 22:42
memberWREY5-Jul-02 22:42 
GeneralRe: Ticker Headline doesn't take me to the view. Pin
Rama Krishna, 6-Jul-02 0:00
memberRama Krishna6-Jul-02 0:00 
GeneralRe: Ticker Headline doesn't take me to the view. Pin
WREY, 6-Jul-02 12:34
memberWREY6-Jul-02 12:34 
GeneralUnable to build. Pin
Anonymous, 2-Jul-02 8:22
memberAnonymous2-Jul-02 8:22 
GeneralRe: Unable to build. Pin
Rama Krishna, 2-Jul-02 8:37
memberRama Krishna2-Jul-02 8:37 

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