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Custom Tasks for SAS Enterprise Guide Using Microsoft .NET by Chris Hemedinger

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Understanding the Life Cycles of Your Task

In software, the term life cycle means several things, including the methodology of how you approach the software development process. But, in this chapter, life cycle has a much more practical meaning. Simply, it's the series of events that occur when your task is installed, opened and shown, and run.

Each of these life cycle phases accesses a different set of properties and methods and usually in a predictable sequence. Here are the three phases:

  1. The task is installed and “discovered” by the application. The task name and icon appear in the application's menu.
  2. The task is opened and shown (such as when a user selects the task from a menu).
  3. The task is run. The term run means that the task is called ...

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