Yes and No
by Jimmy Greystone - 5/30/08 8:40 AM
In Reply to: Really? How? by El Zagna
Yes and No... Yes, there is a listing of file associations, but you said you wanted to go above and beyond what Explorer already offers. So, there's no two ways about it, you'd have to maintain your own, separate, database apart from anything in the registry to accomplish that.
All I see is a lot of complaining, and not a lot of action. You say you're a programmer, but that this isn't the kind of programming you do. Well, so what? You've already got the hard part down, and that's learning to program in the first place. No one is born knowing how to write a file manager, they all learn by doing. You have several fully working examples on Linux. It's been a couple of years, so off the top of my head I can think of KDE, GNOME, TkDesk, and Rox-Filer. Each comes with the complete working source code you can look at for inspiration.
If you want this sort of thing done, and no one else seems to be doing it, you can either continue to whine and complain as you have been, or you can do something about it yourself. At this point, further discussion with you seems pointless. There may well be hundreds of other people like you, yearning for something more, but like you they're all waiting for someone else to do it for them. You have your answer, and it's that no such program exists. As Bob said, Explorer is "good enough" for most people, even if it has several limitations and shortcomings. If YOU want something better, YOU go and build it. Don't worry about what other people may think of it, or what features other people might want, or even if other people will use it. Just start by building the filemanager YOU want. Then you can post it online a few places if you like, and if people like it, you could maybe add on features as a hobby.
Anyway, as the discussion seems to be going in circles, this is my last planned response to this discussion. Very likely won't even bother reading any new comments made. So keep whining about the injustice of it all or do something about it, it really makes little difference to me. At least so long as I don't have to listen to you whine.
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