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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
Unzip the CPTicker_demo.zip file. This will extract one file, CPTicker.dll.
Register the CPTicker.dll by calling
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.
The latest messages are shown and are periodically refreshed from the website.
Clicking on any message will launch IE and navigate to the message thread view.
Thanks to Shog for his suggestions.
- 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.
- Fixed some memory leaks
- Support for other sites like MSDN, SellsBrothers etc.
- Menu support for common tasks like posting to the lounge etc.
Please inform me of any problems and as usual suggestions are welcome.