Author rich on 01-08-2003 at 17:00 (EST)
|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.
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| 1. RE: runtime limits|
Author Bill Weiner on 01-09-2003 at 07:42 (EST)
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?
| 2. runtime limits|
Author rich on 01-09-2003 at 19:50 (EST)
|>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.
| 3. RE: runtime limits|
Author Bill Weiner on 01-10-2003 at 06:38 (EST)
|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.