Showing posts from July, 2008

Validating NumericUpDown on compact framework

A customer requested that instead of my NumericUpDown controls silently capping the input value within the Minimum..Maximum range it instead showed an error message telling the user their input is incorrect and that they need to alter it. I was a bit annoyed to see that NumericUpDown.Validating is never called on the compact framework, in addition there was no way to get the input value and either accept or reject it before it is applied to its data bindings. There's an article here which shows how to implement auto-select text when the NumericUpDown receives focus and I have been using it since Feb 2006. I decided to extend upon the techniques within it to implement the Validating event. My goal was to fire the Validating event before the value is applied to all data-bindings, but also to allow the programmer to read NumericUpDown.Value in order to determine the new value. To do this I had to replace the WndProc of the control so that I could handle the WM_UPDOWN_NOTIFYVALUE

Single instance application

An app I am working on needs to be a single instance. It is associated with certain file extensions so that when I select a character or license file it will be imported automatically. When the user buys a character or license (etc) from the website it will be downloaded and opened, and then imported. Obviously it is a pretty poor user experience if they have to close the app, download, close the app, download... So what I really needed was a way to have the 2nd instance of the application to invoke the first instance and pass the command line parameters. Here is a simple solution I implemented using remoting. 01: An interface public interface ISingleInstance { void Execute(string[] args); } 02: A class that implements the interface public class SingleInstance : MarshalByRefObject, ISingleInstance {   private static object SyncRoot = new object();   private static Form1 MainForm;   static SingleInstance()   {     Application.EnableVisualStyles();     Application.SetCompat

More leak fixes

I have changed the DirtyObjectCatcher so that it initially only hooks Form.Disposed - Automatically disposes the DirtyObjectCatcher Form.Closed - Unhooks all additional form events (below) Form.Shown - To hook additional form events (below) ==Additional form events== Form.Activated Form.MdiParent.Activated Form.MdiChildActivate The additional events are to ensure that the DirtyObjectCatcher's undo block is moved to the top. The reason that these events are now unhooked is so that there is no strong event references from the application's main form (Form.MdiParent) to this component, keeping it alive. Now we only have long-term event references from the owning form itself. Really though this is just an added precaution against something I may not have thought of :-) The true memory saver comes from only holding a WeakReference to the owning form. Otherwise in an MDI application we have the following MainForm.MdiChildActivate->DirtyObjectCatcher->Form In such a