[REBOL] Re: What language am I looking for?
From: joel:neely:fedex at: 14-May-2001 22:31
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
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
Sun box and grab the files directly?
(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.)