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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The way to suppress Mono's "WARNING: The runtime version supported by this application is unavailable"

Many people would have encountered following dreaded Mono runtime warning,

WARNING: The runtime version supported by this application is unavailable.
Using default runtime: v4.0.30319

when one runs a console application in Mono.

This is caused by the fact that machine running this program does not have the version of the framework used to build the program. The only version of the framework available in this machine is v4.0.30319.

Sadly this warning is written to stdout and hence you can't redirect it to elsewhere if that were written to stderr.

The proper way to deal with this is to tell Mono that your application can also run in whatever version of the framework it has been installed in the machine. To do so you simply add a <startup><supportedRuntime> element into the application configuration file. If your application does not have one, create one containing the following lines:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
            <supportedRuntime version="v2.0.50727"/>
            <supportedRuntime version="v4.0.30319" />
            <supportedRuntime version="v4.0"/>

This config file also says that if you have version 2 framework installed, it will use that, the one the application is built. The order of the supportedRuntime elements are important.

With that if the only framework version 4.0.30319 is installed, your application will not cause that warning message. Of course as a recommended practice you must also test your application in the framework that is NOT the one you use to build it to ensure no subtle difference in reaction creeps in.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

This is the way to add bi-weekly repeats into Samsung S Planner.

For some obscure reason that only Samsung's Android developers would know, it has never have the ability to define bi-weekly or fortnightly repeat event or let along repeating task.

My latest NoteEdge (SM-N9150) running Android 6.0.1 still does not have it. In the process of finding a third party reminder app to supplement the deficiency in S Planner, I have discovered a very simple way to do this.

To allow you to define custom repeat, you install the "To-Do Calendar Planner" which install the isoTimer app into your handset.

When you start the isoTimer for the first time grant it permission to access your Calendar. You can deny it permission to your Contact just as I do.

Then you use the isoTimer's interface, albeit a bit unusual, to create an event or task and to set bi-weekly repeat use the "Repeat every X Days" option.

What this program does is to inject those repeats into the S Planner's Calendar. I am using a localised calendar as the default and that is where the isoTimer injects the repeat event/task into.

So it seems Samsung has stubbornly refused to implement an user interface to support bi-weekly repeat, which is surprisingly a very common requirement.

Now you have a simple way to overcome Samsung's deficiency.

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