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  1. Your problem is quite obvious. You have tried to take on more than you chew. You simply need to hire another programmer to help you finish up. And yes, you can find other programmers who will go after your bugs and fix them. I would recommend one of the many freelancing websites. All the successful projects you mentioned were completed by at least a handful of programmers. Some of them by a small army. And here you are, trying to do it all alone. It is ok to ask for help.
  2. How can the color of the grid lines in a CListCtrl be changed?
  3. What's a good material to shield against radio waves common in residential communication equipment, such as a 2-way satellite internet system. I know cement and lead block the more dangerous rays, like x-rays, but do they also stop radio waves?
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  8. I had what seemed like a bug, running 2 exact copies of a python script in two threads. Now I see that the problem is perhaps that python shares variables, even between threads. So in script1 if I make a variable, named a, and asign it a value 1, then do the same in script2, only assign the value of 2, when I use a in script 1, I will get 2 while thinking I should get 1. Does python share memory in this way?
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  10. What is the proper way to pass command line parameters to a python script called from C++? I'm tryng this: path = "c:\\someDir\\someScript.py param1 param2 param3"; PyRun_SimpleFile(PyFile_AsFile( PyFile_FromString( path, "r")), "someScript.py"); I'm getting a "format error someScript.py, line 1" when the code is executed. Note: The strange appearannce of the 3 python function calls nested is not a bug, but required to prevent a run-time error.
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  12. The following python code: a = [1,2,3] s = "hello %(a[0])i" % vars() Produces a KeyError. What is the proper way to format items of a list into a string. I know its possble to do this: s = "hello " + str(a[0]) But that becomes a bit combersome if there are many list elements to place in the string. [Edited by - denethor on May 12, 2005 7:44:23 PM]
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