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So I wrote this to simulate a program that would have a start and stop feature, and has a `tab design`. Right now there is a tab that has a `RichEdit` object intended to be a running log.

As you can see, after we "start" the program I put just some milliseconds of `sleep` to simulate running instructions. I created a function to check for requests that would be called on a larger scale randomly throughout code to ping the `GUI` per say.


#include <GUIConstantsEx.au3>
    #include <GuiRichEdit.au3>
    #include <WindowsConstants.au3>
    Global Const $h_numOfTabs = 2
    Global Enum $H_TAB_1, $H_TAB_2, $H_TAB_END
    Global $hGui, $h_logRichEdit, $iMsg,  $h_tabs, $h_startButton, $h_stopButton
    Func Example()
        $hGui = GUICreate("Example (" & StringTrimRight(@ScriptName, StringLen(".exe")) & ")", 400, 550, -1, -1)
        $h_startButton = GUICtrlCreateButton( "Start", 50, 450 )
        $h_stopButton = GUICtrlCreateButton( "Stop", 150, 450 )
        $h_tabs = GUICtrlCreateTab( 5, 5, 390,375 )
        ; LOG TAB
        GUICtrlCreateTabItem( "Log" )
        $h_logRichEdit = _GUICtrlRichEdit_Create ( $hGui, "", 8, 30, 384, 347, BitOR( $ES_MULTILINE, $WS_VSCROLL, $ES_AUTOVSCROLL, $ES_READONLY ) )
        ; STATS TAB
        GUICtrlCreateTabItem( "Stats" )
        ; Close TABS
        GUICtrlCreateTabItem( "" )
        GUISetState( @SW_SHOW ) ; initialize the gui
        While True
    EndFunc   ;==>Example
    Func Start()
        while true
    Func Stop()
    Func CheckRequests()
        $iMsg = GUIGetMsg()
        while $iMsg <> 0
                Case $iMsg = $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE
                    _GUICtrlRichEdit_Destroy($h_logRichEdit) ; needed unless script crashes
                    ; GUIDelete()   ; is OK too
                Case $iMsg = $h_tabs
                    Switch GUICtrlRead( $h_tabs )
                        Case $H_TAB_1
                            ControlShow( $hGui, "", $h_logRichEdit )
                        Case Else
                            ControlHide( $hGui, "", $h_logRichEdit )
                Case $iMsg = $h_startButton
                Case $iMsg = $h_stopButton
            $iMsg = GUIGetMsg()

**At about 500ms sleep, the lag when switching tabs is visible.**

**My question:** On a larger scale, is this how we would handle/update things that are specific to a tab while running a larger program? If not, what would be a more efficient way of updating tab specific properties while running a larger overall program. 

I have also seen a design recently where all the tabs and related components were their own `GUI's` but I am not sure the relevance of everything being its own `GUI` and if it pertains to this question.

Any help or clarification is greatly appreciated, I am new to AutoIT and trying to figure out some do's and dont's as well as efficiency.

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