I'm cleaning up a chess program of mine, which includes a clock feature. For those unfamiliar with chess clocks, both players start the game with a certain amount of time, and each of their clocks counts down when and only when it's currently their turn. The program has GUI, and the displays for the timers have to be prompted to redraw every time a second flips.
I had previously implemented this by having a timer thread that stores the time when a turn starts, then constantly re-checks the time in a loop, using this to update the active player's time on every iteration. This worked like a charm, but I understand that spinning like that is bad practice for wasting cycles, so I tried redoing it using wait_until(), roughly like this:
Each time the main thread moves a piece, it sets g_turnIsOver to true, calls g_timerConditional.notify_one(), calls join() on the current timer thread, and starts a new timer thread for the new active player. While this approach seems to work well for the majority of moves, for the rest there is a generous fraction of a second of lag between clicking to make a move and seeing the board update. I'm quite confident the timer code is the culprit in some capacity. Is this likely to be an example of what the reference for wait_until() means when it says "the function also may wait for longer than until after timeout_time has been reached due to scheduling or resource contention delays"? Is there a way to fix it, or will the entire approach of using wait_until() not work?
Have an event queue (practically - a single element) that contains pairs - <player, time of move>
When a player makes a move, insert a <player, time of move> pair into the queue
Have a timer thread that updates the clock display every <tbd> milliseconds
Before updating the clock, it:
4.1 Reads the current time using the same clock used by the player threads
4.2 Checks the event queue to see if a move was made, and when it was made
4.3 If a move was made, it updates the players' times, stops one clock, and starts the other
There will always be an unavoidable lag in the visual display of the clock because of the O/S's scheduling requirements, but the internal counts will be accurate.
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Having a timer activate every millisecond involves using something like sleep_for, right? Is that less susceptible to delays than wait_until is? Either way, it does certainly having the advantage that any timer-related delays won't block the main thread.
I doubt your condition_variable::wait_until code is causing the redraw delay based on what you've shown.
Invalidating the rect simply creates an update region and then marks an internal 'dirty bit' associated with the window. The operating system is somewhat lazy updating the window... it could be redrawn a few milliseconds later... or several seconds later depending on how many messages are in the message queue.
If you want an immediate redraw add a call to the UpdateWindow function immediately following your invalidation.
While I must admit that I don't know how to gracefully debug the timer, I'm pretty sure the join call is producing at least some of the noticeable delays. I tried just adding an UpdateWindow call after the InvalidateRect call in turnTimer as a simple test, but that deadlocked the program, which led me to read about how it's flatly incorrect to do a lot of kinds of window manipulations from another thread. I'm not sure if InvalidateRect is one of them and I just kept getting lucky with the original implementation, which also called it from the timer thread, but I suppose the fact that I'm not sure is enough reason to switch to something like Daniel described even if I weren't getting the lags. I'll try it and see what happens.
I'm looking for a way for my application to receive a notification whenever the PC connects to a WiFi network. I need to know the name of the network so that I can configure stuff differently depending upon which network the user is connected to.
However, it looks like that function is for receiving notification of connections to network resources on the network that you're already connected to. It is not for receiving a notification of actually connecting to the network itself.
Program is throwing exceptions "This command is not available" while calling "Editpaste" and "Editreplace" functions from code in Word automation. This is happening sporadically not every time. Any suggestions please?
You have either set the C++ standard flags low or the default on your compiler is not c11++ or greater
I have no issue with GCC or VS2017 taking structs like that.
try the flag
or I would probably try and see if it is available
BTW if it is actually a C file you need different flag .. I know you were playing with C files before
Now that I think about that I am guessing that is the issue you are compiling C files with G++ .. don't
Setup your make file to send C files to the c compiler gcc, you can make a rule based on the extension .c vs .cpp
.c files => gcc
.cpp files => g++
Visual Studio actually does exactly that it uses the filename extension to decide on c vs c++ compiling, which is why it works on it.
No, there is no problem listing files found on HDD, but setup them an icon (in CListView of course) just like Windows Explorer does, and then have the same contextual menu like Windows Explorer has ...
I am really sorry because I was not clear on my first post.
Let say I list a text file in my CListView. And I must setup an icon to that item, but that icon should be exactly like in windows explorer. I mean, if a text file in windows explorer has a Notepadd++ icon, I wish the same icon to my CListView. The same matter if I list a pdf file ... if this file has a pdf icon in windows explorer, I wish to have the same icon to the item that list that pdf file in my CListView.
And if I see in windows explorer a contextual menu, I wish to have the same contextual menu in my CListView.