User-Friendly Exception Handling
I just posted a new article on Code Project, User Friendly Exception Handling. This is a set of classes that deal with unhandled and handled exceptions through a consistent UI, as presented in Alan Cooper's great book About Face: The Essentials of User Interface Design.
Anyway, at the time of the unhandled exception, here's what you get for free:
- Display an automatic, Cooper-Approved(tm) exception interface
- Capture a screenshot of the user's desktop
- Build a string containing comprehensive diagnostic information
- Notify the developers via SMTP e-mail, and attach the screenshot
- Write an event to the event log
- Write a plain-text exception log in the application folder
Also, if anyone is interested in those animated GIF screenshots-- I had been looking for a simple tool to do this for literally years-- it's the archaic 1997 version of GifgIfgiF. Extremely old-school, but it still works great and generates very tiny, ultra-compatible animated Gifs. Of course you'll want to turn off all the crazy XP theming and revert to 256-color friendly Win2k style forms before you generate these kinds of Gif animations, too.