On the Inova Engineering team, we test LightLink all the time as we add new features, update existing functionality, and fix bugs found in the field. This testing is usually focused and task-specific. New features usually address specific functionality that needs to be implemented in a simple and intuitive way. Often I realize that, with a little extra work and some ingenuity, LightLink *could* already do what is desired, just not exactly in a completely simple ‘turn-key’ way. But there is so much functionality packed in to LightLink that it really can do almost anything anyone can think of.
Take Ad Hoc messaging to LED wallboard displays and Marquee and Tasklink desktop clients in a call center. Right now these messages can be easily created and sent using LightLink’s Message Editor; although you would have to think about when to schedule their end time, or perhaps remember to delete them later using System Manager. But with a little pre-positioning of one or a few specially created messages I realized that a savvy user could implement a cool ad-hoc message ‘feature’ that would make it simple to ‘insert’ ad-hoc messages when you wanted, and ‘delete’ them later, all just by entering the message text into a text file and then deleting the text when you were through with the message.
Read on for detailed instructions on implementing this solution.