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Re: Timer event

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  • Subject: [mg104207] Re: [mg104205] Timer event
  • From: Leonid Shifrin <lshifr at>
  • Date: Sat, 24 Oct 2009 02:36:29 -0400 (EDT)
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One possibility is to use Dynamic with an UpdateInterval option. This is a
slightly modified example from Mathematica help:

This models a function you want to execute (it produces a side effect - new
definitions at runtime - so that you can see whether or not it was called)

f[x_] := f[x] = x^2;

Now set the desired time in a line like this:

Dynamic[Refresh[(a =
     DateString[{"Hour", ":", "Minute", ":", "Second"}];
    If[a === "21:41:05", f /@ Range[10];
     Print["Now printing the message"]]);, UpdateInterval -> 1]]

At a given time, you will see the message printed (in the Messages window),
and if you inspect the definitions of <f> you will see that it did execute:







Of course, you may use any function you want in place of <f> - this is just
an example. The problem is however that you will need this Dynamic statement
to be on the active part of your notebook - otherwise it won't trigger due
to the optimization employed in Dynamic. I don't know if it's possible to
turn this optimization off. Perhaps there are  other workarounds or
solutions  involving Dynamic.


On Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 6:36 AM, Garapata <warsaw95826 at> wrote:

> An post in 2005/2006 asked about creating a timer or perhaps more
> accurately a timer event in Mathematica.  The responses recommend
> using JLink and an AddPerioical routine described in the JLink
> documentation in version 5.2.
> I'd like to create a timer event or perhaps a number of such timer
> events such that Mathematica would run some function or take some
> action at a specified time.
> Can one do this any more directly in Mathematca, without using JLink?
> Thanks

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