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Sub Menu selection stored in a variable

Posted on 2012-03-29
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Alarm Clock App Description:
I’ve developed a simple alarm clock in visual studio 2010. So far, I have a form  with a menu that allows the user to set an alarm and  turn it on and off.  When the user selects set from the menu, it shows another dialog form (getTime.vb) with a masked Textbox (mskTime) Mask=time(US) and two radio buttons to set either AM or PM (radAM, radPM). When the user enters a time in the textbox and selects the radio button (AM or PM) the value is stored in a label on Form1(lblAlarmTime). Also on form1 is two timers to capture the current time and to advance the time every second and the value is stored in another label (lblTimeOfDay). If lblAlarmTime = lblTimeOfDay, it plays an audio sound (My.Computer.Audio.Play(My.Resources.beep_20.Background).

Here’s what I need help with:
I want to add a menu item so the user can select an alarm sound instead of it already being hard coded in my if statement.  I would like there to be 3 sub menus under the “Change” menu item for 3 different options(“Beeping”,”Music”,”Speech”). The “Speech” selection is to be SAPI.  I’m new to this and I’m not sure how to go about detecting which sub menu item the user selects and store it in a variable to be used in the Audio.Play of my "if statement".
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by:CodeCruiser
ID: 37782992
You can define an enum

Public Enum SoundMode
Beeping
Music
Speech
End Enum

then declare a form level variable of this enum. In your menu handlers, you can change it
for example
CurrentSoundMode = SoundMode.Music
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by:ktjamms2
ID: 37783111
Where should the enum be defined?
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by:ktjamms2
ID: 37787079
I had in mind creating a sub something like this example below, but it doesn't work yet.
Then use my if statement to call the sub.

Private Sub SoundAlarm()
        Dim SAPI
        SAPI = CreateObject("sapi.spvoice")

        If BeepingToolStripMenuItem1.PerformClick Then
            My.Computer.Audio.Play(My.Resources.beep_20, AudioPlayMode.Background)
        End If

        If MusicToolStripMenuItem1.PerformClick Then
            My.Computer.Audio.Play(My.Resources.beep_20, AudioPlayMode.Background)
        End If

        If SpeechToolStripMenuItem.PerformClick Then
            SAPI.Speak(txtEnterWords.Text)
        End If
    End Sub

Then in my if statement:
If lblAlarmTime.Text = lblTimeOfDay.Text Then
            SoundAlarm()
            MsgBox("wake up!")
        End If

 If MusicToolStripMenuItem1.PerformClick  ----error "expression does not produce a value"

I don't know how to detect when the submenue is clicked. I would like to figure this out and figure out how to put a check mark next to the sub menu item that is selected. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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by:ktjamms2
ID: 37787706
This is what I have so far with no errors, but it is not playing the sound and it won't uncheck the submenu item when another one is checked so that only one selection is checked.

Private Sub SoundAlarm()
        Dim SAPI
        SAPI = CreateObject("sapi.spvoice")

        If BeepingToolStripMenuItem1.CheckState = True Then
            My.Computer.Audio.Play(My.Resources.beep_20, AudioPlayMode.Background)
            MusicToolStripMenuItem1.CheckState = False
            SpeechToolStripMenuItem.CheckState = False
        End If

        If MusicToolStripMenuItem1.CheckState = True Then
            My.Computer.Audio.Play(My.Resources.beep_20, AudioPlayMode.Background)
            BeepingToolStripMenuItem1.CheckState = False
            SpeechToolStripMenuItem.CheckState = False
        End If

        If SpeechToolStripMenuItem.CheckState = True Then
            SAPI.Speak(txtEnterWords.Text)
            MusicToolStripMenuItem1.CheckState = False
            BeepingToolStripMenuItem.CheckState = False
        End If
    End Sub

Then in my if statement is this:
If lblAlarmTime.Text = lblTimeOfDay.Text Then
            SoundAlarm()
            MsgBox("wake up!")
        End If
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ktjamms2 earned 0 total points
ID: 37789284
I got this to work except for the voice

Private Sub SoundAlarm()
        Dim SAPI
        SAPI = CreateObject("sapi.spvoice")

        If BeepingToolStripMenuItem1.Checked = True Then
            My.Computer.Audio.Play(My.Resources.beep_20, AudioPlayMode.Background)
            MusicToolStripMenuItem1.CheckState = False
            SpeechToolStripMenuItem.CheckState = False
        End If

        If MusicToolStripMenuItem1.Checked = True Then
            My.Computer.Audio.Play(My.Resources.beep_1, AudioPlayMode.Background)
            BeepingToolStripMenuItem1.CheckState = False
            SpeechToolStripMenuItem.CheckState = False
        End If

        If SpeechToolStripMenuItem.Checked = True Then
            SAPI.Speak(txtEnterWords.Text)
            SAPI.rate = 100
            SAPI.volume = 200
            MusicToolStripMenuItem1.CheckState = False
            BeepingToolStripMenuItem.CheckState = False
        End If
    End Sub
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by:ktjamms2
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no other understandable solutions were offered
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