Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Local User Settings

Microsoft is now encouraging developers to store program settings on a per user basis. This has alot to do with changes in Windows Vista. Presently Weather Message has one set of settings for the entire program. This is not much of an issue for the server as those settings are global. It is more of a issue for the clients.

The client program settings apply to all users (Message Client and Map Client). This includes the position on the screen. If multiple people use the same computer, they cannot configure the clients for their own preferences. This applies to a single computer or a terminal services connection.

The original thought was to make it easy for the administrators. You set up the program and no changes are required by the user. A simple ini file can be copied from computer to computer with the client settings. I will note that in some installations it is not desirable to have users making changes.

Regardless, I am considering the possibilities here.

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