Registry/ini-file keys

The following registry or ini-file keys are used (including sample values):






The Window settings define the location and the size of the dialog upon startup.



The Program settings store certain program related data. In this case, it is just the version of the program, which wrote the registry.


History=d:\Utilities\abc.exe &&yyyy.&&mo.&&dd.&&mi%_19:57:00%_1010101%_d:\Utilities\jkl.exe%_09:57:00%_1111111%_d:\Utilities\def.exe%_19:57:00%_1010101%_d:\Utilities\ghi.exe%_09:57:00%_1111011

The Settings remeber the last parameters used by the program, here it is just the history. The history string consists actually of multiple individual strings. When using an ini file, each of them is terminated by "%_". The last one does not need such a termination. You may edit this string with a text editor, but note that a % serves as an escape character and must be doubled if used as a single character. When using the registry instead of an ini file and changing it with regedit, each individual string is displayed as a single line. The % character has no special meaning in that case.

Using an ini file or the registry?

ExecuteAt permits to use the windows registry or a dedicated ini-file to store configuration data. Which one shall be used?

Well, it's pretty much a matter of personal taste. Microsoft discurages the use of ini files, but quite a few people, including myself, prefer them over using the registry. The big advantages of an ini file are portability, the possibility to make backups and the possibility to use different configurations for different purposes. For backing up or porting ExecuteAt and its configuration to a different computer, just copy the executable and the ini-file and you are done. Maybe some pathnames must be adapted, but that can be done easily with any text editor, as the ini file is a normal text file. Using an ini file may not be much of an advantage for a simple program like ExecuteAt, but for a more complex program, it can save your day.

But again, it depends on your peronal taste, which one you use.



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