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timeout function?

Posted on 1998-11-11
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In JavaScript you can use the timeout function to perform an action every 10 seconds or whatever # you want. Is there a similiar way to do this in C++ with Win 3.1?
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Use SetTimer() to create the timer. You can setup a callback function every time the timeout is reached or you can just process the WM_TIMER message which is generated
when the timeout is reached.
See the WinAPI reference for more details
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by:goldseal
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I guess I should have been a little more clearer. The answer is great, but I am just learning C++ so don't know quite how to do this. I have some background with Java and objects, but could you provide a small example that will do function x() after 2 seconds?

thanks
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by:harrys
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no problem,
with the plain Windowsapi you would do something like this..

// inside main
   if( !SetTimer( hwnd, 0, 2000, TimerProc ) )
        return (0);

// somewhere
long FAR PASCAL WindowProc( HWND hWnd, UINT message,
                            WPARAM wParam, LPARAM lParam )
{
    switch( message )    {
    case WM_TIMER:
        x();
        break;
    }
}

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by:goldseal
ID: 1177648
Thanks a bunch. A little clarification:

what is TimerProc here?
if( !SetTimer( hwnd, 0, 2000, TimerProc

And, is this just a function for the API?
long FAR PASCAL WindowProc( HWND hWnd, UINT message,
                            WPARAM wParam, LPARAM lParam )

I haven't learned that yet. Just cout with DOS. Do I need that?

thanks a bunch
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by:harrys
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The Function Called WindowProc should be called TimerProc instead, it was an error I made, it should be

long FAR PASCAL TimerProc( HWND hWnd, UINT message,
                                   WPARAM wParam, LPARAM lParam )


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Thanks, but what does

long FAR PASCAL TimerProc( HWND hWnd, UINT message,
                                   WPARAM wParam, LPARAM lParam)

all of this mean? All of these parameters and stuff?

thanks again
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by:harrys
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Its a Windows API callback function, the adress of the function is passed to windows, when the timer is created in SetTimer(), the declaration is like every standard Windows
callbackfunction, you only need to process the parameter wParam which holds the
ID of the Timer which generated the WM_TIMER message.
The parameter hWnd holds the windowhandle you passed via SetTimer, message is the
typ of message, WM_TIMER in this case.
FAR means that the function is stored in a FAR pointer ,with segment and offset to make shure that the function could be called from outside your code segment.
PASCAL mean that the function uses PASCAL calling conventions, which affects the way
how the compiler generates the code.
This is documented in the Windows API documentation which every windowscompiler
should have "onboard", you might take a look there.
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thanks a bunch
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