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Keeping track of program usage

By MaryWeilage Editor ·
This week's Visual Basic e-newsletter demonstrates how you can implement a technique for keeping track of program usage.

Do you think that it would be useful to keep track of program usage? If you already do, are you using a different technique other than the one the author describes? Please let us know.

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Question concerning registry

by GNC In reply to Keeping track of program ...

As I've been out of direct programming awhile, could you please explain if/how these types of techniques have an effect on the registry size and does an increaed registry size effect performance. Thank you.

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Registry size

by peter In reply to Question concerning regis ...

The registry is a rather large file, hundreds of kbytes at least. The few dozen bytes that this technique will add would not have any noticable effect on performance.

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Environment

by Bucky Kaufman (MCSD) In reply to Keeping track of program ...

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Do you think that it would be useful to keep track of program usage?
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That, of course, depends on the enviornment - and the cost-benefit ratio. In a small office, it's probably not important if a user runs 1-2-3 more often than VisiCalc.

In a large office, it could indicate that the users are not using the updated VisiCalc based application.

Then there's the whole CBA thing. If it costs $2500 to build an app to monitor usage - but you don't have a business need for it - what have you gained?

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Keeping track of program usage

by vcr In reply to Keeping track of program ...

I prefer to create a file to store any information concerning an application. This has the advantage of being easily removed when the app is uninstalled.

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