ambassador at fourthworld.com
Wed Jan 21 12:10:10 EST 2009
> why not instead let user choose folders or files that should be
> monitored and then monitor these by comparing files (get files etc...),
> folders (get folders) regularly. Use recursion to get into sub folders,
> etc. Revolution is fast enough to do this efficiently.
That's an excellent idea. I was curious about how responsive it would
be, so I took a couple minutes to throw together an example of this and
it seems reasonably efficient.
I've posted the example to RevNet - in Rev, choose
Development->Plugins->GoRevNet, and in RevNet look for "4W Folder
Watcher" in the Stacks section.
This modest example lets you pick a folder and it checks for changes to
files (name, size, additions, deletions). It also provides a slider to
govern the interval between checks so you can experiment to find the
best balance between system overhead and responsiveness.
One useful aspect of it is that the folder watching hander accepts the
name of a callback handler as a param, so you can handle the change
event however you like without having to modify the folder watcher
This is a very simple example, with lots of room for improvements like
also checking folder changes within the target folder, and possibly
sending additional info about exactly what changed to the callback
handler if needed.
But as a quick-n-dirty experiment, at least it shows that Rev can be
used to monitor changes to folder contents with relative ease and
acceptable efficiency for many uses, and on all supported platforms.
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