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"runtime limits"

Posted by rich [rpoteat@quicklearningschool.com] on at 05:00 PM
here's a question i can't find an answer to:

i've created my first buisness application (to rave reviews & a HUGE list of "can we add's)

what i'm wondering is if there is a way to copy-protect the test, or limit the number of times a test can be accessed. (ie: the test can only be run 25 times, after that, the program will not grade the test, nor give the correct answerws).

the only other thing i need would be information on how to create a windows setup file (i can create a dos .bat file, but i'm looking for something that will interface with windows itself, and give the user the option of choosing directory, drive, etc, and create a desktop icon).

any help with this would be greatly appreciated.
thanks
rich


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"RE: runtime limits"
Posted by Bill Weiner on at 07:42 AM
1) In regard to copy-protecting the test, since it is mostly just HTML, there will always be ways for people to save that HTML... although you can make it harder by putting the test pages in frames and also using JavaScript to disable right-click events. Totally copying the full working test - including the uTest .class files - is even more difficult but still not totally preventable.

2) In regard to limiting the number of times a test can be run, unless you are using the "Submit Online" option which utilizes a CGI script on the server, there really isn't any way to have uTest detect/keep track of the number of times a test has been run since uTest will basically "reset" each time the user's browser is exited/restarted. What you may be able to do, however, is control access to the test externally to uTest. That is, use some sort of an external script and/or server authentication to control access to the test HTML pages.

3) And finally, in regard to a Windows setup file... I'm not exactly sure what you are looking to do there. Are you putting the test on CD-ROM and want to setup an autorun.inf file to automatically launch the browser/start the test when the CD-ROM is inserted into the computer? Or something else?


"runtime limits"
Posted by rich [rpoteat@quicklearnigschool.com] on at 07:50 PM
>3) And finally, in regard to a
>Windows setup file... I'm not exactly
>sure what you are looking to
>do there. Are you putting
>the test on CD-ROM and want
>to setup an autorun.inf file to
>automatically launch the browser/start the test
>when the CD-ROM is inserted into
>the computer? Or something else?
>

thanks for the help with items 1 & 2. yes, one of the things we are doing is creating a cd, but i've been informed that the management also wants to distribute the program on diskette (3.5 floppy). currently, total directory size is 4+ megs, so i'm looking for a way to setup an installer that will not only compress the files to 1 or more disks, but also to uncompress the files in either a user-stated directory, or a pre-set directory, as well as putting a shortcut to the item on the desktop, and maybe creating a program group (for all versions of windows).

hope that clarifies things.
rich


"RE: runtime limits"
Posted by Bill Weiner on at 06:38 AM
I have found that a very easy program to use for creating installation programs is WinZip... as it will create self-extracting zip files (.exe files) that will maintain/create directory structures whereever the end user specifies.

If you want to get more sophisticated and be able to create Windows program groups/shortcut... then you may want to look into getting InstallShield.