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    New Project - BIDS

    introducing BIDS - Bulletin Information Delivery Service

    Hi guys - just developed a small util to display a file on user login for a minimum of 30 seconds
    Just need a place to put it
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    Last edited by Gatt; 5th February 2010 at 11:42 AM.

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    Are you releasing under an open license? If you're not sure, I suggest BSD or GPL (BSD is far simpler and does not restrict proprietary use). When you've decided, I'll happily contribute patches.

    Edit: you might also consider hosting on http://gitorious.org/ or Github, which would make contributions much easier too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey View Post
    Are you releasing under an open license? If you're not sure, I suggest BSD or GPL (BSD is far simpler and does not restrict proprietary use). When you've decided, I'll happily contribute patches.
    Either - was considering GPL - but will take a look at BSD too..

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    GPL requires any third-party distributed software that includes your code to release source; (three-clause) BSD does not. The FSF would like you to use GPL, because everybody benefits from the third-party source; BSD only requires that use of your source is acknowledged by derivatives so it's less restrictive.
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    Have Opteed for the BSD Licence and have added a licence file to it.

    Updated version uploaded:

    Addition of BSD Licence and additional args for CloseReason added
    Last edited by Gatt; 5th February 2010 at 11:44 AM.

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    Ok first "bug" found - not actually in the coding though

    The target file (bulletin.pdf in mycase) cannot be editted (deleted, renameed, etc) if anyone has BIDS open on their screen

    Windows throws a "the action cannot be completed because the file is open in system" error

    Workaround: ensure all open conenctions to the file have been closed (on Win2008 use the Share and Storage Management console)

    Need a way to prevent the file being locked

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    My way round it would be to copy the file to local temporary items, and open that instead.

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    Does this display for all users, or can it be tweaked to only display for staff?

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    Quick question - what version of Visual Studio did you create this in? The solution file won't open in VS2008, but the Project file will.

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    Ok - I know you have just released this, but a couple of feature requests if I may

    1) Start the application (PDF for example) maximised
    2) Only show the PDF once instead of every logon (unless point 3)
    3) Unless the PDF is updated with new bulletin items (i.e. a newer PDF file)

    P.S. I'm not asking for this instantly - just thought you would appreciate some feedback in order to improve the app when you get 2 minutes spare

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Quick question - what version of Visual Studio did you create this in? The solution file won't open in VS2008, but the Project file will.
    It's in VS2010 beta 2.

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    @localzuk - will play with the temp file idea! Sorry about the VS Version - didn't realise till it was coded that it was VS2010 Might rebuild to VS 2008 if its everyone's preference...

    @hightower:

    1: Maximised may be better
    2: Going down point 3... but will look at a way to get it to run only once at logon..
    3: It's a Daily Bulletin we are using...

    @hightower: It depends how you install it i guess - I created a local MSI to install it on Staff PCs only and in the all users Startup folder..

    Was wondering whether it would be better as a service?
    Last edited by Gatt; 9th February 2010 at 07:34 AM. Reason: wrong reference...

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    BTW, how do I get this shifted into its own sub-forum?
    Last edited by Gatt; 8th February 2010 at 07:59 PM. Reason: typo!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gatt View Post
    @powdarrmonkey:

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    powdarrmonkey is confused.. I didn't ask that

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    Oops - sorry it was Hightower
    Sorted now

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