send information to running application

Discussion in 'Questions (Windows Mobile)' started by Mr_Gee, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. Mr_Gee

    Mr_Gee Active Member Licensed User

    I'm trying to make an application which does something based on an argument provided in a .lnk flie.

    My problem is that the application is slow to load, probably because it has to read the "actions.ini" every time it starts.

    Is there a way to talk to an already running program using .lnk files?

    I saw this thread, but it is not really what I want, If there is no other solution I can try that one though...

  2. Cableguy

    Cableguy Expert Licensed User

    How big is your "actions.ini"?

    See my beta demo ini editor...
    it loads a small (10 lines or so" ini file with the most important things....

    You could create a smal ini.file containing the file names of the lnk, and have the app "read" them during executions, has needed...
    This would problebly cause some files to be read several times, but should not cause a too big lagg time...
  3. Mr_Gee

    Mr_Gee Active Member Licensed User

    At the moment there are only 4 items in the list, but in theory it could be 400
  4. Cableguy

    Cableguy Expert Licensed User

    If you want to have an idea of how long it would take to load a BIG ini file, create a dumy ini file ( any textfile will do) and name it something.ini and load it with my app...
    In my app the load time is NOT optimum, as I gave a small (50ms) time gap beetween each line read to create the "Load-write" effect..
    Still it will be only a few seconds to load such a BIG ini file...
  5. RandomCoder

    RandomCoder Well-Known Member Licensed User

    I like to read the whole file into an array list and then search for the item that is needed, like so.....
    If FileExist( "Config.ini" ) Then
    ' Clear the current configuration

     FileOpen( ConfigFile , 
    "Config.ini" , cRead,, cASCII )   ' Open config file and read into the current configuration
     Data = FileRead( ConfigFile )
    Do Until Data = EOF
      AlConfig.Add( Data )
      Data = FileRead( ConfigFile )
     FileClose( ConfigFile )

     Index = AlConfig.IndexOf( 
    "CONFIG" )   ' Find start of the config settings
     AlConfig.Item( Index + 1 ) = "AutoSchedule=Enabled" ' Update Autoschedule setting


    ' If config file is missing create a new file before updating

    End If
    I find that doing it this way is fast, it also releases the file for other uses and it is easy to find the item you require using IndexOf on the array list which in this example is called AlConfig.
    Hope this helps.

  6. Mr_Gee

    Mr_Gee Active Member Licensed User

    I should've mentioned this in the topic start,
    but at the moment I'm reading the actions into a table
    using the loadCSV, could this cause the lag?
  7. Cableguy

    Cableguy Expert Licensed User

    You can only be sure by trying other methods...
    Ramdom's emthod seems simple enought to Append to your project..either as is or as a sub...
  8. Mr_Gee

    Mr_Gee Active Member Licensed User

    Thanks, I'm going to try RadomCoder' solution, hopefully it works
  9. RandomCoder

    RandomCoder Well-Known Member Licensed User

    I hope it works for you but please feed back your experience, good or bad, as it will help others that may have similar applications.

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