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Parameters or Registry keys? Which is best to tell an application to do "something" at startup?

Asked by gciochina (107 points ) September 4th, 2009

Okay, I’m designing this application.

At some step it needs to reset the computer, run at startup and do some work. But the problem is that i need to save some “flags” from the first run, so when running at startup the app will run based on those flags? Should i save the flag states in the registry or should i just give them as parameters in the startup shortcut?

Thanks!

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jasonjackson's avatar

The registry is probably the better choice.

That’s where “configuration”-type stuff is supposed to go, for one thing, so people are more likely to look for it there. For another, users will sometimes create their own shortcuts to an application, and we don’t necessarily want to have to deal with maintaining some set of flags in order to do so.

(Depending on exactly what you’re trying to accomplish, it might be nice to build in some command-line parameters too, in case power users would want to utilize them..)

gciochina's avatar

Yea, registers were my first option also. Thanks for confirmation AND for the detailed explanation ;)

Thumbs up!

Babbage's avatar

The registry is a good place to keep your configuration information, but you may also want to consider using configuration files (such as INI or xml). Using an xml file, you have the potential for making a ‘portable’ version of your app (if you are ever inclined to do so), plus if you ever have any inkling to port your program to another operating system (such as Linux), you wouldn’t have to muck around with changing registry code to configuration file.

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