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Gruff 03-23-2014 04:17 PM

CountDownTimer Class
Here is a simple Count down Timer inherited from a standard Timer.
If CountEnabled is false it behaves as a standard timer.

Otherwise it allows a built in count down (or count up) from CountStart to CountStop at CountStep.

I am using it to simplify fading graphics. It allows itself to be interrupted short circuiting the fade.
' Class code for new CountDownTimer ' --- Public Class CountDownTimer Inherits Timer Public Event CountReset() Public Property CountEnabled As Boolean = False Public Property CountStart As Integer = 255 Public Property CountStop As Integer = 0 Public Property CountStep As Integer = -1 Public Property CountLoop As Boolean = True Public Property CountValue As Integer = CountStart Public Sub CountRestart() CountValue = CountStart End Sub Protected Overrides Sub OnTick(e As System.EventArgs) MyBase.OnTick(e) If CountEnabled Then CountValue += CountStep If CountValue = CountStop Then CountValue = CountStart If CountLoop Then RaiseEvent CountReset() Else Me.Enabled = False End If End If End If End Sub End Class
' Form Code using the CountDownTimer ' ---- Imports System.Drawing Public Class Form1 Dim g As Graphics = Me.CreateGraphics Private Sub Form1_Load(sender As System.Object, e As System.EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load 'All of these properties may be set at Design-Time With CountDownTimer1 .Interval = 10 .CountEnabled = True .CountStart = 255 .CountStop = 100 .CountStep = -1 .CountValue = 255 .CountLoop = True End With End Sub Private Sub CountDownTimer1_Tick(sender As System.Object, e As System.EventArgs) Handles CountDownTimer1.Tick With g Dim FadeColor As Color = Color.FromArgb(255, CountDownTimer1.CountValue, 0, 0) Using B As Brush = New SolidBrush(FadeColor) .FillRectangle(B, 20, 20, 40, 40) End Using End With End Sub Private Sub CountDownTimer1_CountReset() Handles CountDownTimer1.CountReset ' Do something when cycle restarts End Sub Private Sub Button1_Click(sender As System.Object, e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click CountDownTimer1.CountRestart() CountDownTimer1.Start() End Sub Private Sub Button2_Click(sender As System.Object, e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button2.Click CountDownTimer1.Stop() End Sub End Class

Have Fun

hDC_0 09-17-2014 10:33 AM

Nice fade/tick class!
Definitely a keeper for my code snippets library.

There's probably no need to mention it, but if you are dealing with gradients, this code can be easily be adjusted to handle multiple color adjusts per each tick,
or even "tint stepping" in combination with SurfR2911's PNoize2 code (for procedural texture generation using VB.Net perlin noise).

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