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[REBOL] Re: What language am I looking for?

From: joel:neely:fedex at: 14-May-2001 22:31

Hi, Dean, Dean Powell wrote:
> ... I connect to both the mainframe and the Sun through my desktop > PC, which runs Windows NT. The mainframe and the new Sun box do not > directly speak to one another. > > Because the systems are isolated from one another, testing is a chore. > Steps are: 1) Run a slate of programs on the mainframe. 2) Copy the > data files from the mainframe to my PC (via Windows FTP -- yuck). > 3) Copy the same files from my PC to the Sun box. 4) Run the same > test slate on the Sun. Using my PC as a way-station is most annoying. > REBOL, however, allows me to essentially copy directly from the > mainframe to the Sun box, and compresses steps 2 and 3 into a single, > more homogenous step... Yes, yes, I realise that my PC is still a way > station, but using a REBOL script makes the whole transfer process > much more invisible. >
Having played "shove the bits around the intranet" game myself, I must admit you've got me curious. If you're using FTP to glom the files from the mainframe to the PC, I would assume that the mainframe supports TCP/IP. Is your PC using two NICs to connect to two other- wise unconnected networks? If not, why couldn't you put REBOL on the Sun box and grab the files directly? Just wondering... (And I do agree that REBOL can be a very nice tool for just the sort of rawhide-cattle-drive bit-pushing you've described.) -jn-