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[REBOL] Re: jobbeR

From: mario:cassani:icl at: 29-Aug-2001 11:58

Hi Petr,
> I just would like to ask, if anyone here thought about some > sophisticated cron-like tool, but GUI driven, enabling to define tasks, > time when each task should be launched, various level of notification > during task execution, etc. etc.?
IMO some little modifications to the Calendar.r script can help you to create such a GUI. Some months ago me too tried to modify the Calendar.r GUI to be used as a programmable "jobber". The main idea was to use it for automation of mail, news and comics strips downloading, sites updates checking, some personal planning, stock quotes, etc... I wanted to make it work along with the todo-list.r example too: the todo-list being fed by the Calendar.
> The problem is - the main task - GUI console itself, has to be stable, > as it should drive task launching, etc. The problem is, that once you > use e.g. manual post method (rather lenghty stuff), script can fail at > various levels because of myriad of reasons. The question is, if 'try > will catch all subsequent errors. Maybe it would be better to launch new > instance of rebol for each task?
I started to work on each subproject leaving the GUI changes as the last task as I'm not able to write in /View dialect so I have no idea about stability in GUI.
> I think that it would be good to have separate subdirectory for each > task - in real - it is a must, as e.g. I use various post-processing > utilities, to get rebol-tcp-downloaded text file into > database, copy it > to various locations, launch another tools, etc, etc....
I've made, as pre/post-processing utilities: - Comics strips - Stock quotes - TV programs (Italy only) - Weather report - Webcam with automatic save (great to make panorama videos) - Mailer (actual task) - Newsreader they are not all fully complete and are still without the Calendar GUI, if you want them I will send you a copy. Every script works on it's own directory and a lot of them use a unique parent path with the date as a name.
> Would anyone found such jobbeR usefull? >
If you plan to work on the jobber I'd like to have a copy of it and of the post processing routines. Nihao Mario