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Posted 20 Nov 2006

Life Balance Analyzer

, 20 Nov 2006 CPOL
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Life Balance Analyzer - A project tracker for Llamagraphics LB.


This article is aimed at extending the functionality of Llamagraphics Life Balance Software.

I have some big projects that span a 6-12 months time period. I need to pace myself, so that I finish up on time. Also my boss asks now and then about the progress. So I need an answer to some simple questions, such as: how many hours I've already spent, how many more hours I'll need to spent, and what's the state of completion.

Now, once I get a project set up in Life Balance and set the effort slider, all that information is there, but the user interface does not provide a way to get at it.

So I've made my own LifeBalance XML parser that prints out my project stats in a simple console window:

Sample image

For effort granularity, I use a 0-4 hour scale. So in the project stats, it adds the project hours + subtask hours to get the total hours, and progress = spent hours/total hours.

For task filtered by date view, I give it the start and/or end dates:

LifeBalanceAnalyzer.exe --start=11/01/2006 --end=11/07/2006 --file="LB_export.lbe"

And it gives me all the tasks and subtasks for that project completed between the selected dates, in a flat outline such as this:

Sample image

I posted that contains the program executable, a sample outline, and two batch files to run the executable. One batch file will print the entire outline from LB_Sample.lbe, and the second batch file will filter outline by date. You can edit those batch files in Notepad - right click and press Edit.

The code was done in MS Visual C++, and uses the Open Source wxWidgets framework.


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


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