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[aprssig] Programming Language Advice

Ray Wells vk2tv at exemail.com.au
Thu Jan 15 07:57:37 UTC 2009


I was kinda hoping you'd dip your toes in the water and comment.

I've actually looked at one of your scripts.

What I've found so far is that even simple script examples I've copied 
and pasted from tutorials have bombed out - syntax errors. I presume 
there are incompatible difference between some versions of perl. I took 
a 100km round trip to a "large" book store on Monday to try to buy a 
Perl book. They looked at me as if I was seriously deranged when I 
mentioned Perl.

Thanks for the pointer.

BTW, I'm using Debian Linux.

Ray vk2tv

Andrew Rich wrote:
> Perl would be the best
>  
> #!/usr/bin/perl
>  
> $data = "15/05:30pm 29.4 29.4 19.7 56 6.3 E 19 26 10 14 1008.3 - 0.0"
> @ray = split(/ /);
>  
> print $ray[1]." ".$ray[5]." "; etc
>  
> I use perl for everything
>  
> Andrew VK4TEC
>  
>
>     ----- Original Message -----
>     *From:* Ray Wells <mailto:vk2tv at exemail.com.au>
>     *To:* TAPR APRS Mailing List <mailto:aprssig at tapr.org>
>     *Sent:* Thursday, January 15, 2009 4:58 PM
>     *Subject:* [aprssig] Programming Language Advice
>
>     I'm seeking advice from members of the list as to which would be the
>     best programming language to use to massage a string of data so that
>     it's suitable to upload as aprs weather info.
>
>     This is the data string I have to work with from a nearby
>     professional
>     weather station that posts the data to the internet.
>
>     > 15/05:30pm 29.4 29.4 19.7 56 6.3 E 19 26 10 14 1008.3 - 0.0
>     Using cut I can extract the fields of interest - 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12
>     and
>     14 which are temperature, humidty, course, speed, gust, barometer and
>     total rainfall since 9.00am (that's the standard we use).
>
>     I have a shell script to convert course in compass points to degrees,
>     and I have a perl script to convert the metric figures to
>     imperial, and
>     round up/down.
>      
>     I'd like to be able to handle the lot with a single programming
>     language
>     and end up with a line I can feed to xastir.
>
>     The question is, what should I be using, perl or awk? Armed with the
>     answer I can devote my time in that direction.
>
>     Ray vk2tv
>
>
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