Im currently doing a program for work which is a sort of Alert/diary system.
It needs to run in the background and produce popups when a certain day/time is reached ie.
A new employee starts on 08/05/2006
The system needs to produce a popup a month later to check on employees progress.
So on 08/06/2006 a popup would appear regardless of what program they are in and remind them. they can then cancel the alert when the action has been done etc.
They also need to be able to set up their own alerts ie. they could insert an alert after someone has had a disciplinary letter for a month later so they can check on the situation to see if the employee is still behaving badly.
The company currently use an access database to store their employee details amongst other things.
So what im asking is:
1. How would you go about starting something like this?
2. How do you run a program in the background?
3. Has anyone got any example programms you can send me?
4. Has anyone got any advise they can give about this sort of program?