Been playing around with it a lot, but come to the conclusion that I need to learn a bit more out of a book, than just using google and Microsoft sites. To be fair not done badly just a few areas I have been working on lately the code is a bit messy and I know there must be a better way to do it. So to help me on my way I have done two things.
Number one. Brought a Kindle, or to be more accurate my wife has got me one, just awaiting its arrival.
Number two. Getting hold of “Headfirst in to C#” and a few other C# books for it.
Hopefully by the end of this week I will have achieved the following in my application.
- Added controls to the output form for “Next config” and “Cancel”, Plus a button to copy to clipboard or download to file.
- Added the ability to create a single output from multiply lines in the entry form, and ability to chose a single line and out put only that config.
- After that I will be adding a header and footer section to the templates, that will all user to enter varibles aht are to be standard to all configs. Things like company information, user name, date, etc.
All simple stuff but just making sure it do it right now so when it comes to updating later it is all nice and clear. All about adding controls at run time at the moment and making sure its done in the most efficient way.
Spent quite a bit of time lately with this, the more I get in to C# the more impressed I become, I use to think that C# and .NET where only for people who couldn’t learn C++, but now I see the point. C++ is fun to learn, but it is very involved and I know I would be no where near as far along with this if I had decided to go down that route. OK C# requires the .NET framework to be installed on the client machine, but as for as developing goes it hit a nice sweet-spot, between the simplicity of VB, and the maze of C++. I would definitely suggest any one wanting to develop Window based applications to have a look.
As for ConfGen made a number of changes to the code to add some more functions, but still got lots more to do, see the ConfGen Page above for more details. This really is the middle application in terms of the long term goal. I also want to produce a tool that will build configs from scratch based on users specification, and a final implementation tool to deliver configuration to devices.
Also it looks like soon I should have a bit more time at work so CCNP study will be back in the picture. Thinking maybe to buy a Kindle and get the CCNP Foundation Guide as an Ebook, the hard back is just to heavy to lug around, so having it to hand on the Kindle for any spare time i get would be great.
Anyway back to some more coding now.