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Another 0.6 update :)

First, let me apologize for the slow pace of work on CBoxRun in 2011.    Opportunities to work on the program have been few and far between for the past year, but I’m pleased to report that work has resumed and is going well.

The next version should include a good number of the items on the to-do list, and I’m also planning several other large changes:

  • Migration of the program list and most other XML lists to a SQL Server Compact database to improve performance and reliability, especially for those of you with hundreds of games.   A conversion utility will be included so that your old lists can be imported.
  • An offline mode for users who run DOSBox on a computer without an always-on network connection
  • A setup program / installer (back by popular demand!)

If possible, I’d also like to add some sort of bulk game import feature.  This would be useful for people who already have large numbers of DOS games on their machines.  The idea would be that CBoxRun would walk a directory tree and import games found in any subdirectory of that tree, probably by showing a list of executable files in a particular subdirectory tree and asking the user to pick the “real” program executable . Then the normal “add a game” steps would be taken, or some subset of them anyway, for each game.    Any thoughts or suggestions about this would be appreciated.

Again, thanks for your patience and support!  There’s not much new to show right now – most of the changes so far are under the covers, such as migrating the XML data to SQL – but as I make changes to the UI I’ll post screenshots to show the progress.   Your comments are always welcome, so please let me know if you have any ideas for the next version.

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  1. VenoMpie
    February 4, 2012 at 1:49 am

    What are you using to develop? I see it’s .NET 3.5 required so probably c# or VB?
    Haven’t you thought of opening up the source so that people can actually help you code?
    I was actually working on a front end for DOS that sorts files etc. Been going great but it really takes a lot out one time wise and people are not really eager to help with coding.

    • February 7, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      The app is coded in VB.NET. The new version will require .NET 4.0.

      I have thought quite a bit about opening the source and may do so someday. My problem is that my time is often limited and I’m not sure that I would be able to coordinate an open-source project. At some point, I my look for a volunteer to help maintain the project going forward. We’ll see what happens.

      Thanks for the offer of your source code. I’m not sure how helpful that would be, but if you have suggestions for new functionality, let me know and I’ll try to add it if possible.

  2. VenoMpie
    February 4, 2012 at 1:52 am

    I can just give you my source so that you can incorporate whatever functionality into your front end?

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