Working with Time

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    Working with Time

    I'll be making a notifier program, which'll allow the user to set notifications at certain times and when the time comes the application will alert the user.

    How should I go about working with time? I already know about <ctime>, but is there something better more reliable?
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    You'll probably want to use some platform specific functionality. What OS/compiler are you using?

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    >>but is there something better more reliable?

    there are better functions, depending on what you want to do. I'd suggest that the functions in <ctime> are quite adequate for your purpose, it doesn't need millisecond accuracy.

    You could use the os's scheduler facilities to schedule events to occur at specific times, I know both MS-Windows and *nix have them.

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    I'm working with Windows and VC++.

    Well i just briefly looked into the Timer, but you can set it so it alerts the program every x miliseconds, now the program might have mor than 1 alerts set.

    Any other suggestions?

    And also if the message queue is backed up with messages the WM_TIMER is delayed because its pushed back on the Message Queue,

    I was thinking of starting a thread for every alert, and doing a Sleep() for the required amount of seconds/minutes, but that doesn't seem like a smart thing to do?
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    It would be better than having a loop that continuously checked to see if any of the events were done.
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    Having a loop is never better than anything else.

    WM_TIMER is not realistically delayed more than a fraction of a second, and even that is only under heavy system load.
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