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+++ Highest priority. --- Lowest priority. BUGS: +++ Occasional crashes. I don't know what causes them, but it might be something in the DLL. PROGRAMMING: +-- I've been reading "Writing Solid Code" by Steve Maguire, a former Microsoft developer. It's an old (1993) book that's geared toward writing bug-free code, and it gives a number of "holy crap, why didn't I think of that" good examples. I want to implement a number of things suggested by Mr. Maguire, but they'll require some pretty big changes to the way my code works right now. Foo. GRAPHICAL: --+ Allow sequential background images (slideshow-style, non-random). The code has been there for a while, now I need to add it to the VB project. --- Allow the image to stretch, scale, tile, etc., if the user desires. ++- Sort out PNG & PCX support. (I'm having problems with my chosen third-party code, and PNG support is something I *really* want; more than a quarter of my background images are PNGs.) - I'm using someone else's code because I don't know anything about PNG or PCX images. - There's a good chance that I will take the critters above and put them into a new DLL, written in VB6. SETTINGS: --- Allow settings to be kept in the registry, if the user desires. (Maybe.) +++ I need to rework the way writing to the .ini file works. It's far too complex right now. I had good reasons for doing it the way I did, but now that things are working, I need to streamline it and make it work *better*. (For details, read the comments at the beginning of writeINI() in modINI.bas; they have most of the info is there.) This should be done for the v0.9 release. SYSTEM: --- Capture the Windows key. (Low priority. Been on my to-do list for a few years. Have to read up on how to actually do this. I know it can be done, I just don't know how.) +-- Get recurseDirs() (in the DLL) to return some sort of status information. When scanning through a directory with a lot of files (or worse, lots of subfolders with lots of files), EEShell2 appears to hang for a while. On my computer (1000MHz AMD Athlon, 640MB RAM, 2550+ background images in 243 directories) it can take a few seconds; older computers with many pictures might seem to totally freeze for a few minutes or more. (On the other hand, users with newer computers might not even notice the delay.) - Related to that, I've made recurseDirs() occasionally release some CPU time back to Windows. Previously, it didn't do *anything* friendly; now, it may or may not work right. (Seems to be working, but no promises.) +-- I'm also thinking about dealing with the Windows\CurrentVersion\Run regkey. Same reasons as Start Menu\Programs\Startup. +++ Redo the plugin system from v0.7. I know more now than I did then, and I think I can make it work this time. - Not likely to be done for 0.9, but probably for 0.10. --- I have a few other things to merge in from other projects of mine.
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