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Offline SoftWx

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Announcing StartWatch alpha testing
« on: October 04, 2006, 10:25:50 PM »
I'm developing a new program called "StartWatch". I had planned on adding features to VirtualVP for coordinating startup of programs that hook up to VirtualVP. I decided to make this a separate program with a more general usefulness. There are two parts to it. One part coordinates the startup of multiple applications. It allows program startups to be dependant on a time delay, the startup of other programs or the availability of a defined TCP/IP port. This part of the program satisfies the functionality I was going to add to VirtualVP, plus some more.

The second part is ongoing monitoring of the programs StartWatch started. It monitors them for hangs, lockups, crashes, inadvertant closure or loss of the program or TCP/IP port on which it depends. You can setup StartWatch to automatically restart crashed or hung programs. You can also specify that it close a program when the program or port on which it depends goes down, and then restart it when that comes back up.

The program will be shareware, but registration is only required for the monitoring features. The startup features will remain functional beyond the trial period. It's like there is a freeware version and a shareware version, but they are the same exe. The registration will be $25 until the end of 2006. Like VirtualVP, registration gets you all future upgrades without any upgrade fee.

I have the startup part ready for testing, and have some of the monitoring features ready. This is a rough ALPHA version, but I'd like to get a few people to begin trying this out while I finish the remaining features for a general Beta release next week. If you're interested in alpha testing, let me know. I have to limit this to 5 people, and I can't give a lot of hand holding. There is no manual, so you'll have to figure it most of it out for yourself. If this seems ok to you, let me know.

Steve

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Re: Announcing StartWatch alpha testing
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2006, 10:37:24 PM »
Count me in.

--Dave

Offline andro700

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Re: Announcing StartWatch alpha testing
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2006, 11:54:09 PM »
Count me in as well.

Chuck

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Re: Announcing StartWatch alpha testing
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2006, 04:53:09 PM »
If you're one of the people running StartWatch, I've put up v. 0.3.0

It adds an option to minimize started programs, and an option to automatically put weatherLink into bulletin mode.

Also includes features added in 0.2.0 - completed the stop/restart based on the port or program a program depends on going down/up.

Download at same link I sent out.

Steve

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Re: Announcing StartWatch alpha testing
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2006, 06:48:21 PM »
Been working great...


All you need is Time, Aptitude and Desire ... and you can build just about anything...

Offline SoftWx

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Re: Announcing StartWatch alpha testing
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2006, 07:28:15 PM »
 :o
Thanks for making my day better. I'm sitting here working when I should be playing.

Steve

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Re: Announcing StartWatch alpha testing
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2006, 08:29:41 PM »
I just doing the opposite.

I'm supposed to be coding and I'm playing...

All you need is Time, Aptitude and Desire ... and you can build just about anything...

Offline andro700

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Re: Announcing StartWatch alpha testing
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2006, 09:04:00 PM »
Seems to be working okay. I don't know if it was just a bad night but night before last  my VP2  had 5 resyncs. On StartWatch I had ticked the two boxes that had to do with crash and restart it and something to do with hung apps on all the apps (VVP, VPLive, Weatherlink, GRLevel3). I unticked them and the resyncs went away. It could have been a bad night. But the only to test it out again to tick those boxes and see if the resyncs come back.

Chuck

Offline SoftWx

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Re: Announcing StartWatch alpha testing
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2006, 11:41:09 PM »
I'm pretty confident there is nothing in StartWatch that would have any effect on the VP console.

Offline Dennis48755

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Re: Announcing StartWatch alpha testing
« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2006, 04:04:13 PM »
I too, would like to try StartWatch.

Dennis

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Re: Announcing StartWatch alpha testing
« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2006, 06:46:35 PM »
I'll be putting it up as an open beta within the next couple days. Then everyone is welcome to try it out.

Steve