I'd like to thank everyone who got involved in ProgramBar for making
its development a very enjoyable, worthwhile, and rewarding experience.
The number of people that registered and gave support financially, or through
sending books and postcards, was a pleasant surprise to me. Many more sent in
reports of bugs (always greeted with a groan!), as well as many fine ideas,
a large number of which made their way into the code.
I cut my teeth on Windows programming and object oriented C++ program design
with this project. I learnt about the strengths of inheritance and
object re-use, and stumbled about in the dark somewhat as I tried to grasp
the nature of object oriented design. I'm now somewhat older and wiser, and
grok a great deal more about programming in general and design patterns in
particular. The knowledge and experience I have now would have made
ProgramBar a much easier project to do then.
It's been a long time since I've had Windows 3.1 installed on
my computer. No further development work is planned... and none has been done
for a very long time. I'm including two download links from this page. The first
is for the last public release made to the net, and the second is the last
stable beta build. The latter was
never released publicly, but is stable and very usable. The beta 2.4 also
includes a new menu system that I wrote from scratch to replace the clunky
Win3.1 system: it's much more responsive, and closer to the look and feel of
the Win95 equivalent.
Please use these programs for your own benefit and as you see fit. Even
though their banners state that they are shareware, I now consider them
For Windows 3.1 only:
ProgramBar 2.31 final public release, includes help file (379Kb)
ProgramBar 2.4, internal beta, no help file (195Kb)