Timers in c++

I'm just new to C/C++ and I've searched the web for a timer function.
I'm coding a console app that will set a timer running for 25 mins and get it to execute an external application after the time is up. (basically i need a console version of TTimer in borland c++ builder).
Could i have info on timers and execute functions please??

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Grand_EdgemasterAsked:
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AaronReamsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I'm not sure if there is a better way but you could easily do the following.

1) launch a separate thread (pass pointer to data structure if needed)

2) have that thread call Sleep(25*60*1000);  

3) have that thread launch desired application

4) then thread returns and exits.

let me know if this sounds good to you and if you need more help.

cheers,
aaron
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Grand_EdgemasterAuthor Commented:
I'll look into it
Thanks for the quick response
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AaronReamsCommented:
no problem and to execute your external application you'll probably want to use one of the _spawn functions.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/vclib/html/_crt__spawn.2c_._wspawn_functions.asp
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itsmeandnobodyelseCommented:
If your console prog already is running an infinite loop you may count the time by calls to GetTickCount() (assuming you are on a Windows platform, though there are equal functions on other platforms also).

void main()
{

    long    l1 = GetTickCount();
    bool    chkTimer = true;
    while (true)
    {
         // check timer
        if (chkTimer)
        {
             l2 = GetTickCount();
             if (l2 - l1 >= 25*60*1000)
             {
                   ShellExecute(...);
                   chkTimer = false;
             }  
        }

        // do other stuff

        ...

       Sleep(10);  // gives other applications cpu time
    }
}

On NT, 2k and XP systems you also could use CreateWaitableTimer function. That gives a handle where you can wait for using WaitForSingleObject  or WaitForMultipleObjects.

Regards, Alex
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Grand_EdgemasterAuthor Commented:
Sorry for the delay in reply,
I solved the problem myself in the end by just reverting back to my original GUI program and using TTimer. However, I didn't find many of the above comments helpful (i also already knew about the spawn functions). Thanks for all your help.
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