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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2004 3:41 pm 
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on and btw, we just replace that A thingie with null to get rid of it.

I'm still investigating (had to stop for lunch <burp>) but I don't think it's in the text I send you.

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it is.. i had to deal with it in my clients

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How right you were. I looked all over for a .NET justLeaveItTheHellAloneEncoding class, but the only two I could get to work were ASCIIEncoding which converts the degree-sign to a question mark, and UTF8 that converts it to a 2-byte combination (0xC2, 0xB0). It's the 0xC2 that shows up as ?.

Theoretically, on the server end, UTF-8 should be detected and the conversion to straight 8-bit ascii should be seamless, but you know what they say about the difference between theory and practice.

So I had to root around in the byte-array and rip each occurence of that baby out of there. Someday if I'm bored I'll write a function that takes a (UTF-8) byte stream and converts it back to 8-bit ascii instead of simply looking for the special case of the degree-sign.

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is there any cool features you plan on adding?

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I dunno. I'd like it to be really configurable, but as I'm certain you know, it is very hard to make something for a non-technical user to use. I'm thinking of some kind of format string, although I'd much rather have a drag & drop graphical sort of interface, but I don't know how to do that and I'm not interested enough to learn. :-)

At the very least I'll package it up nicely and post the source code as kind of a homebrew, do-it-yourself client kit. That way at least other programmers could make a client that was exactly like they wanted.

If nothing else it's a good example of how to:
    * Use the .NET Interoperability library to communicate with other processes (Winamp)
    * Use the .NET WebClient classes to communicate with a remote server (SigX)
    * Use the .NET SOAP support classes to retrieve information from a web service (WeatherService)

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there is a drag and drop client of SigX but its made for Mac OSX. even though i have not used it, it looks pretty cool.

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Just thought I'd check in. I didn't work on the client over the weekend, but yesterday I added the countdown timer. The timer was simple, but first I had to figure out how to do callbacks in .NET. This project is turning out to be quite a learning opportunity. :)

Today I'm working on the UI.

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