The best of intentions ....
Tue, Dec 4 2007 0:11
With VB9 (aka 2008), there's tool-tips and intellisense everywhere... and I mean everywhere. And that's possibly a good thing for some folks. But do I really need to see a 3 line tool-tip every time I use the Dim statement ? It's a little
patronising annoying. Sure for first timers or those with severe memory problems it's probably helpful. For me, it continually gets in the way.
Why didn't the tool-tips have a feature such as "don't show me this one anymore" ? Or an option to disable them for common keywords, or don't show me the same tool-tip more than 1000 times !!!!!!!!!
No doubt there's probably some arcane rule written in the tinniest print that says you will be tortured with the return of Clippy if you do the following, but you could always open up the msvb7ui.dll and modify the string table. Perhaps add some motivational messages in there.... Hmmm, maybe I should write a utility that inserts random messages into it :) Of course you can do this yourself at home.. Just open msvb7ui.dll in Visual Studio, open the string table and start with resource 50140.
If you were to do that, you'd find that empty strings weren't allowed. Mine is a smiley at present :) All you need do is save the dll somewhere, close Visual Studio and then copy over the original (of course you'd make a copy of the original too just in case ;) ).
So what would you replace that tooltip with ? Something inspiring ? Something *Mort*ifying ?? Perhaps "No you're not dim, you're very bright", or "the world was dim before Edison" or "it's always dim'est before the dawn", or "you're about to enter another dimension ....." (hmm, could we add twilight zone music to that ??). Or maybe something more motivating, like "yo, go d00d, you declare that variable !" or "u own3d that var bro"
Aggh, see what reading the same tool-tip over an over can do to a person ......