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Adrian Lincoln

Adrian Lincoln

For nearly 40 years I’ve been involved in technology based roles from developing software and hardware products, product innovation through to product / project management roles in the telecoms, aerospace, oil & gas, and financial industries  My change of roles has often followed my interest in a new technology, whether it was writing assembler for the first microprocessors in the late 70′s, micro-coding bit slice machines in the early 80′s, to the arrival of C++ and the promise of OO in the late 80′s or developing applications on small devices such as mobile handsets. I have been using EA since 2002 and it is one of the key tools I use to help organise my worlds.

 Most of my time is spent:

  • Developing EA Add-Ins including eaXL (Excel part of eaDocX) and eaForms
  • Integrating EA with other tools
  • Extending EA and creating utilities to support my work
  • Helping others benefit from EA

And when time permits, exploring and writing about, the many bits of EA that I've not had time to play with in detail yet - see www.EXploringEA.com

EXploringEA is pleased to provide an update to our free EA Installation Inspector adding a few potentially useful features for AddIn developers. For more details and to download look at our updated post in the community resources area.  For those interested the source code is  available at the EXploringEA GitHub.

And do let us know if there is other information that you would find useful (and why) and which we could include is this utility - drop me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, 01 December 2015 09:49

New release of EA Installation Inspector

EXploringEA is pleased to provide an update to our free EA Installation Inspector - a small utility that provides information about the current version of EA and its AddIns. The initial version has been downloaded approximately 600 times, so has proved popular.   For more details go to our post in the community resources area and download the latest release.  And do let us know if there is other information that you think would find useful (and why) to include is this utility - drop me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday, 09 January 2014 08:21

EA Installation Inspector V4

EA Installation Inspector (Version 4)  is a small utility that provides information about the current version of EA and its AddIns.

Minor update that may be useful to some.

 Version 4 (June 2017):

  • Added a form to display a list of classes and methods provided by the AddIn DLL

Version 3 (September 2016):

  • Additional registry locations checked for add-in keys

Version 2 (November 2015):

  • Searches HKLM as well as HKCU for Sparx keys
  • Provide a pop-up form to make it easier to view detail of an entry

The need

1. During the development and testing of EA AddIns it is all too easy to get an issue with an AddIn not loading correctly - typically, but not always, it means a value in the Windows registry is not correct or a DLL is not in the referenced location. Finding these issues by checking through the registry can be a time consuming task.

2. A customer installs your AddIn and it is not working as expected.  So you want to get some concrete information on their installation.  For most customers, asking them to check registry settings is really not a good idea.

The solution

A small windows program that reads the information from the registry, performing the relevant searches and presenting the information clearly.

EA Installation Inspector performs this task.  Below is an example screen shot illustrating the AddIns status for the system.  The colouring of the results provides important information on their status.

A user can double click an entry to present a summary for the seleted AddIn:

 Then they can inspect the list of classes and methods provided:

 

Note: The output from this utility is based on my assumptions of what EA would do in looking for, and loading, AddIns.  I do not have information of that process so I cannot guarantee that the utility will report on all relevant issues.

Installation

The attached zip file (EAInstallationInspectorV4.zip) contains the windows executable. Unzip the contents eaInstallationInspectorV4.exe and run. 
It may be that you are unable to run the program due to Windows security policies that are set on your system.  In that case you will need to get suitable permissions from your computer administrator.

Documentation

Included in the attached zip is a document eaInstallationInspectionInformationV4.pdf which provides information about the utility functions and presentation of its results.  This information is also included in the application, available through the help button.

Source

For those interested the source is available on Github at https://github.com/EXploringEA/EAInstallationInspector

Feedback

The functions provided in this utility are those that have helped me.  They may not cover your needs - so do let me know if there are any other functions that you would find useful when developing and testing AddIns and I'll look at adding them into future versions of EA Installation Inspector.